What does driving force mean?

driving force meaning in General Dictionary

the act of using power to propel one thing

Sentence Examples with the word driving force

Now it is probable that the main cause of oceanic circulation is the driving force of the winds upon the superficial layers of water; hence periodic and irregular changes in the direction and velocities of ocean currents are probably due to changes in atmospheric circulation traceable to changes in the quantities of heat absorbed from the sun by the earth's atmosphere.

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