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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adrift(p), afloat(p), aimless, directionless, planless, rudderless, undirectedadjective

    aimlessly drifting

  2. adrift(p)adverb

    afloat on the surface of a body of water

    "after the storm the boats were adrift"

  3. adriftadverb

    floating freely; not anchored

    "the boat wasset adrift"

  4. adriftadverb

    off course, wandering aimlessly

    "there was a search for beauty that had somehow gone adrift"


  1. adriftadverb

    In a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves.

    Etymology: Prefix a- (for on) + drift.

  2. adriftadjective

    Floating at random.

    So on the sea shall be set adrift. --Dryden.

    Etymology: Prefix a- (for on) + drift.

  3. adriftadjective

    Absent from his watch.

    Etymology: Prefix a- (for on) + drift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adrift

    floating at random; in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. Also fig

    Etymology: [Pref. a- (for on) + drift.]



    ADRIFT is a graphical user interface used to create and play text adventures. The name is an acronym for "Adventure Development & Runner - Interactive Fiction Toolkit". The project is solely developed by Campbell Wild. The toolkit consists of two programs; a generator, and a runner, though the runner is available to download separately. In the current stable release, released in 2002, both programs only run on Microsoft Windows platforms as they are written in Visual Basic. The generator is shareware, though the runner is available free to everyone. Older versions of the program can also be downloaded on the website. However, version 5 is now donationware, enabling full functionality of the software without requiring payment. The runner program is also able to run on Linux using the Mono project. A Mac version is expected soon. Coinciding with the 2011 Interactive Fiction competition, ADRIFT WebRunner was launched. This allows any ADRIFT game to be played online. Because the game runs server side, it allows games to run on any device such as iPad.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adrift

    a-drift′, adj. or adv. floating as driven (by the wind): moving at random. [Prep. a, and Drift.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. adrift

    Floating at random; the state of a boat or vessel broken from her moorings, and driven to and fro without control by the winds and waves. Cast loose; cut adrift.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adrift in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adrift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of adrift in a Sentence

  1. Carlotta Sami:

    What is sure is that the (Egypt) route is very long, it is very risky and these people including many families with babies have been adrift at sea for many days, up to a week, we know also that there are a lot of unaccompanied minors, from 12 to 16, 17 years old.

  2. Kamala Harris:

    Were at an inflection point. The constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid, the callousness makes us feel alone. Its a lot. And heres the thing : We can do better and deserve so much more. We must elect a president who will bring something different, something better, and do the important work. A president who will bring all of us togetherBlack, White, Latino, Asian, Indigenousto achieve the future we collectively want. We must elect Joe Biden.

  3. Steve Rock:

    The world is a mess, our society seems adrift and issues related to COVID have made things worse.

  4. Jack Reed:

    [Austin]will restore direction to a Pentagon that has been left rudderless and adrift for too long under the previous administration, his character and integrity are unquestioned and he possesses the knowledge and skill to effectively lead the Pentagon.

  5. Floyd McKissick:

    What Biden inherited was a ship that was adrift at sea that he's had to sail on a corrective course to get things back in place, and I think he's done an excellent job in doing so.

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