Definitions for drift

Definitions for (noun) drift

Main entry: drift, gallery, heading

Definition: a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

Usage: they dug a drift parallel with the vein

Main entry: purport, drift

Definition: the pervading meaning or tenor

Usage: caught the general drift of the conversation

Main entry: trend, movement, drift

Definition: a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

Usage: not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book; a broad movement of the electorate to the right

Main entry: drift

Definition: a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents

Main entry: drift, impetus, impulsion

Definition: a force that moves something along

Main entry: drift

Definition: the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)

Main entry: drift

Definition: a process of linguistic change over a period of time

Definitions for (verb) drift

Main entry: drift

Definition: be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current

Usage: snow drifting several feet high; sand drifting like snow

Main entry: drift

Definition: be subject to fluctuation

Usage: The stock market drifted upward

Main entry: drift

Definition: drive slowly and far afield for grazing

Usage: drift the cattle herds westwards

Main entry: drift

Definition: cause to be carried by a current

Usage: drift the boats downstream

Main entry: tramp, swan, stray, drift, cast, roam, ramble, range, vagabond, wander, roll, rove

Definition: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Usage: 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

Main entry: drift, float, blow, be adrift

Definition: be in motion due to some air or water current

Usage: 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

Main entry: drift

Definition: move in an unhurried fashion

Usage: The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests

Main entry: stray, drift, err

Definition: wander from a direct course or at random

Usage: The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her; don't drift from the set course

Main entry: drift, freewheel

Definition: live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

Usage: My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school

Main entry: drift

Definition: vary or move from a fixed point or course

Usage: stock prices are drifting higher

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