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drift

drift - Dictionary definition and meaning for word drift

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(noun) a force that moves something along
Synonyms : impetus , impulsion

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(noun) the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
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(noun) a process of linguistic change over a period of time
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(noun) a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
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(noun) a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
Synonyms : movement , trend
Example Sentence
  • not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book
  • a broad movement of the electorate to the right

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(noun) the pervading meaning or tenor
Synonyms : purport
Example Sentence
  • caught the general drift of the conversation

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(noun) a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
Synonyms : gallery , heading
Example Sentence
  • they dug a drift parallel with the vein

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(verb) be in motion due to some air or water current
Synonyms : be adrift , blow , float
Example Sentence
  • The leaves were blowing in the wind
  • the boat drifted on the lake
  • The sailboat was adrift on the open sea
  • the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore

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(verb) wander from a direct course or at random
Synonyms : err , stray
Example Sentence
  • The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her
  • don't drift from the set course

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(verb) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
Synonyms : cast , ramble , range , roam , roll , rove , stray , swan , tramp , vagabond , wander
Example Sentence
  • The gypsies roamed the woods
  • roving vagabonds
  • the wandering Jew
  • The cattle roam across the prairie
  • the laborers drift from one town to the next
  • They rolled from town to town

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(verb) vary or move from a fixed point or course
Example Sentence
  • stock prices are drifting higher

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(verb) live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
Synonyms : freewheel
Example Sentence
  • My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school

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(verb) move in an unhurried fashion
Example Sentence
  • The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests

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(verb) cause to be carried by a current
Example Sentence
  • drift the boats downstream

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(verb) drive slowly and far afield for grazing
Example Sentence
  • drift the cattle herds westwards

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(verb) be subject to fluctuation
Example Sentence
  • The stock market drifted upward

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(verb) be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
Example Sentence
  • snow drifting several feet high
  • sand drifting like snow

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