What does drift mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift, impetus, impulsionnoun

    a force that moves something along

  2. driftnoun

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

  3. driftnoun

    a process of linguistic change over a period of time

  4. driftnoun

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

  5. drift, trend, movementnoun

    a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

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

  6. drift, purportnoun

    the pervading meaning or tenor

    "caught the general drift of the conversation"

  7. drift, heading, galleryverb

    a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

    "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"

  8. float, drift, be adrift, blowverb

    be in motion due to some air or water current

    "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"

  9. stray, err, driftverb

    wander from a direct course or at random

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

  10. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabondverb

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

    "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"

  11. driftverb

    vary or move from a fixed point or course

    "stock prices are drifting higher"

  12. freewheel, driftverb

    live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

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

  13. driftverb

    move in an unhurried fashion

    "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"

  14. driftverb

    cause to be carried by a current

    "drift the boats downstream"

  15. driftverb

    drive slowly and far afield for grazing

    "drift the cattle herds westwards"

  16. driftverb

    be subject to fluctuation

    "The stock market drifted upward"

  17. driftverb

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

    "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"

Wiktionary

  1. driftnoun

    The act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or drives; an overpowering influence or impulse.

  2. driftnoun

    A place, also known as a ford, along a river where the water is shallow enough to permit oxen or sheep to be driven to the opposite side.

  3. driftnoun

    Course or direction along which anything is driven; setting.

  4. driftnoun

    The tendency of an act, argument, course of conduct, or the like; object aimed at or intended; intention; hence, also, import or meaning of a sentence or discourse; aim.

  5. driftnoun

    That which is driven, forced, or urged along

  6. driftnoun

    Anything driven at random.

  7. driftnoun

    A mass of matter which has been driven or forced onward together in a body, or thrown together in a heap, etc., especially by wind or water; as, a drift of snow, of ice, of sand, and the like.

  8. driftnoun

    A drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds.

  9. driftnoun

    The horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or vault upon the abutments.

  10. driftverb

    To move slowly, pushed by currents of water, air, etc.

  11. driftverb

    To move haphazardly without any destination.

    He drifted from town to town, never settling down.

  12. driftverb

    To deviate gently from the intended direction of travel.

    This car tends to drift left at high speeds

  13. driftnoun

    A collection of loose earth and rocks, or boulders, which have been distributed over large portions of the earth's surface, especially in latitudes north of forty degrees, by the agency of ice.

  14. driftnoun

    a ford in a river.

  15. driftnoun

    A slightly tapered tool of steel for enlarging or shaping a hole in metal, by being forced or driven into or through it; a broach.

  16. driftnoun

    A tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework.

  17. driftnoun

    A deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong projectiles.

  18. driftnoun

    A passage driven or cut between shaft and shaft; a driftway; a small subterranean gallery; an adit or tunnel.

  19. driftnoun

    The distance through which a current flows in a given time.

  20. driftnoun

    The angle which the line of a ship's motion makes with the meridian, in drifting.

  21. driftnoun

    The distance to which a vessel is carried off from her desired course by the wind, currents, or other causes.

  22. driftnoun

    The place in a deep-waisted vessel where the sheer is raised and the rail is cut off, and usually terminated with a scroll, or driftpiece.

  23. driftnoun

    The distance between the two blocks of a tackle.

  24. driftnoun

    The difference between the size of a bolt and the hole into which it is driven, or between the circumference of a hoop and that of the mast on which it is to be driven.

  25. driftnoun

    A sideways movement of the ball through the air, when bowled by a spin bowler.

  26. driftnoun

    Driftwood included in flotsam washed up onto the beach.

  27. driftnoun

    The material left behind by the retreat of continental glaciers, which buries former river valleys and creates young river valleys.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Driftnoun

    a driving; a violent movement

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  2. Driftnoun

    the act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or drives; an overpowering influence or impulse

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  3. Driftnoun

    course or direction along which anything is driven; setting

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  4. Driftnoun

    the tendency of an act, argument, course of conduct, or the like; object aimed at or intended; intention; hence, also, import or meaning of a sentence or discourse; aim

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  5. Driftnoun

    that which is driven, forced, or urged along

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  6. Driftnoun

    anything driven at random

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  7. Driftnoun

    a mass of matter which has been driven or forced onward together in a body, or thrown together in a heap, etc., esp. by wind or water; as, a drift of snow, of ice, of sand, and the like

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  8. Driftnoun

    a drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  9. Driftnoun

    the horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or vault upon the abutments

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  10. Driftnoun

    a collection of loose earth and rocks, or boulders, which have been distributed over large portions of the earth's surface, especially in latitudes north of forty degrees, by the agency of ice

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  11. Driftnoun

    in South Africa, a ford in a river

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  12. Driftnoun

    a slightly tapered tool of steel for enlarging or shaping a hole in metal, by being forced or driven into or through it; a broach

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  13. Driftnoun

    a tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  14. Driftnoun

    a deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong projectiles

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  15. Driftnoun

    a passage driven or cut between shaft and shaft; a driftway; a small subterranean gallery; an adit or tunnel

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  16. Driftnoun

    the distance through which a current flows in a given time

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  17. Driftnoun

    the angle which the line of a ship's motion makes with the meridian, in drifting

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  18. Driftnoun

    the distance to which a vessel is carried off from her desired course by the wind, currents, or other causes

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  19. Driftnoun

    the place in a deep-waisted vessel where the sheer is raised and the rail is cut off, and usually terminated with a scroll, or driftpiece

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  20. Driftnoun

    the distance between the two blocks of a tackle

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  21. Driftnoun

    the difference between the size of a bolt and the hole into which it is driven, or between the circumference of a hoop and that of the mast on which it is to be driven

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  22. Driftverb

    to float or be driven along by, or as by, a current of water or air; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore; the balloon drifts slowly east

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  23. Driftverb

    to accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  24. Driftverb

    to make a drift; to examine a vein or ledge for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of metals or ores; to follow a vein; to prospect

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  25. Driftverb

    to drive or carry, as currents do a floating body

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  26. Driftverb

    to drive into heaps; as, a current of wind drifts snow or sand

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  27. Driftverb

    to enlarge or shape, as a hole, with a drift

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

  28. Driftadjective

    that causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud

    Etymology: [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See Drive.]

Freebase

  1. Drift

    Drift is a BBC Books original novel written by Simon A. Forward and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drift

    drift, n. a driving: a heap of matter driven together, as snow: the direction in which a thing is driven: a slow current in the sea caused by the wind: leeway: the object aimed at: the meaning of words used: (geol.) detritus, such as broken rock, sand, gravel: (mining) a horizontal excavation or passage.—v.t. to drive into heaps, as snow.—v.i. to be floated along: to be driven into heaps.—ns. Drift′age, that which is drifted: the amount of deviation from a ship's course due to leeway; Drift′-an′chor, an anchor for keeping the ship's head to the wind; Drift′-bolt, a steel bolt used to drive out other bolts; Drift′-ice, floating masses of ice drifting before the wind; Drift′land, an old tribute paid for the privilege of driving cattle through a manor.—adj. Drift′less, without drift or aim.—ns. Drift′-min′ing, gold-mining by means of drifts in the gravel and detritus of old river-beds; Drift′-net, a net kept upright in the water by floats above and weights below; Drift′-sail, a sail immersed in the water, used for lessening the drift of a vessel during a storm; Drift′-way, a road over which cattle were driven: (min.) drift; Drift′-weed, gulf-weed: tangle; Drift′-wood, wood drifted by water.—adj. Drift′y, full of or forming drifts. [See Drive.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. drift

    In ballistics, a shift in projectile direction due to gyroscopic action which results from gravitational and atmospherically induced torques on the spinning projectile.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. drift

    The altered position of a vessel by current or falling to leeward when hove-to or lying-to in a gale, when but little head-way is made by the action of sails. In artillery, a priming-iron of modern introduction used to clear the vent of ordnance from burning particles after each discharge. Also, a term sometimes used for the constant deflection of a rifled projectile. (See DEFLECTION.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. drift

    A tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework.

  2. drift

    A deviation peculiar to oblong rifle projectiles. See Projectiles.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'drift' in Verbs Frequency: #722

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drift in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drift in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of drift in a Sentence

  1. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

  2. Adam Mount:

    Washington has allowed talks to drift along, unstable, unproductive, and without a coordinated negotiating team. It appears The President is willing to allow this to continue into the fall.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    What greater tragedy can there be than to lose hope forever and drift in the cold darkness of hopelessness?

  4. Ben Enticknap:

    We want to see the drift gillnets banned and we're hoping this is a significant step in that direction.

  5. Craig Robinson:

    Over time they always tend to drift back to their natural harbor -- candidates who are with them on the issues and speak, and even think, like they do.

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  • انجرافArabic
  • тенденция, течение, дрейф, дрейфувам, нося се, насока, навяванеBulgarian
  • vagarejar, vagarCatalan, Valencian
  • závějCzech
  • driften, treiben, ziellos wandern, zu einen Haufen zusammenwehen, Verwehungen bilden, zu Haufen zusammengeweht werden, Drift, irren, ziellos ziehen, abdriften nach, ziehen nach, sich zu einer Verwehung anhäufenGerman
  • drivi, drivo, drivaĵoEsperanto
  • derrape, ir a la deriva, errar, vagar, derivarSpanish
  • triivEstonian
  • sorto, ajautua, harhailla, ajopuu, kasa, lauma, ajelehtia, sortuma, välys, hortoilla, kuljeskella, ajautuminen, kasaantuma, kasautumaFinnish
  • dévier, dérive, dériver, errerFrench
  • נסחףHebrew
  • भावHindi
  • torsello, punzoneItalian
  • 漂流Japanese
  • dreifētLatvian
  • hū, pārāriki, māeroero, makihoi, tūkōripi, paratai, whakatairangiMāori
  • vandreNorwegian
  • trekkenDutch
  • dryft, zaspaPolish
  • течение, дрейф, сноситься, носиться, сместиться, тенденция, дрейфовать, смещатьсяRussian
  • drift, drivaSwedish
  • trôi dạtVietnamese

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