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Princeton's WordNet

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

    aimlessly drifting

  2. adrift(p)(adverb)

    afloat on the surface of a body of water

    "after the storm the boats were adrift"

  3. adrift(adverb)

    floating freely; not anchored

    "the boat wasset adrift"

  4. adrift(adverb)

    off course, wandering aimlessly

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


  1. adrift(Adverb)

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

  2. adrift(Adjective)

    Floating at random.

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

  3. adrift(Adjective)

    Absent from his watch.

  4. Origin: 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

  2. Origin: [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.]


  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. Henrique Olifiers:

    Worlds Adrift allows you to go into the game and set your own objectives and go about the game however you choose.

  2. Deidre Berger:

    These young people have been uprooted and have been cast adrift, they are traumatized, and they have no structure in their daily lives.

  3. Luiz Carlos Heinze:

    If cabinet members are found guilty they have to go. Three have fallen and more could follow. That's not a problem. Temer will still have our support because Brazil was adrift and he has set the economy on a new course.

  4. 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.

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