• word of the day

    drift

    drift - Dictionary definition and meaning for word drift

    Definition
    (noun) a force that moves something along
    Synonyms : impetus , impulsion
    Definition
    (noun) the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane) Definition
    (noun) a process of linguistic change over a period of time Definition
    (noun) a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (noun) the pervading meaning or tenor
    Synonyms : purport
    Example Sentence
    • caught the general drift of the conversation
    Definition
    (noun) a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
    Synonyms : gallery , heading
    Example Sentence
    • they dug a drift parallel with the vein
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) vary or move from a fixed point or course
    Example Sentence
    • stock prices are drifting higher
    Definition
    (verb) live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
    Synonyms : freewheel
    Example Sentence
    • My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school
    Definition
    (verb) move in an unhurried fashion
    Example Sentence
    • The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests
    Definition
    (verb) cause to be carried by a current
    Example Sentence
    • drift the boats downstream
    Definition
    (verb) drive slowly and far afield for grazing
    Example Sentence
    • drift the cattle herds westwards
    Definition
    (verb) be subject to fluctuation
    Example Sentence
    • The stock market drifted upward
    Definition
    (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
Connect with us on Facebook