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Meanings for drift

a continuous, slow movement from one place to another

drift, impetus, impulsion(noun)

a force that moves something along


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


a process of linguistic change over a period of time


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

drift, trend, movement(noun)

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"

drift, purport(noun)

the pervading meaning or tenor

"caught the general drift of the conversation"

drift, heading, gallery(verb)

a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

"they dug a drift parallel with the vein"

float, drift, be adrift, blow(verb)

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"

stray, err, drift(verb)

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"

roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond(verb)

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"


vary or move from a fixed point or course

"stock prices are drifting higher"

freewheel, drift(verb)

live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

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


move in an unhurried fashion

"The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"


cause to be carried by a current

"drift the boats downstream"


drive slowly and far afield for grazing

"drift the cattle herds westwards"


be subject to fluctuation

"The stock market drifted upward"


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

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

a pile or ridge of granular matter (as sand or snow)

deep drifts of snow blocked our driveway

a prevailing or general movement or inclination

the steady drift of the population away from large cities

the idea that is conveyed or intended to be conveyed to the mind by language, symbol, or action

you should expect a visit from the stork, if you get my drift

to move or proceed smoothly and readily

casual conversation drifting from one topic to another

to rest or move along the surface of a liquid or in the air

the boat drifted along on the current

to move about from place to place aimlessly

spent several years drifting from town to town, picking up odd jobs whenever he needed cash

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Example Sentences of drift

I like to lie on my back and watch the clouds drift by.

Tom started to drift off to sleep.

When we awoke, we were adrift on the open sea.

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Synonyms for drift

trend impetus movement heading purport impulsion gallery impulse apparent motion bm effort vogue front drive tendency move campaign style apparent movement motion cause social movement bowel movement crusade motility course spirit intent picture gallery head header art gallery bearing aim veranda verandah swash rove vagabond botch ramble bungle muck up range mishandle bumble botch up brag stray blow tout burn out screw up suck gasconade roll fumble flub fellate cast ball up err freewheel bollocks wander shoot a line mess up shove off waste louse up bollocks up float gas bollix bluster vaunt swan muff tramp blow out swim foul up boast fluff bobble go down on be adrift shove along bollix up squander spoil roam bodge divagate digress slip mistake project hustle wrap verify spue redact affirm draw cast off wave array assert cheat on mold put twine slog turn over avow cheat throw away frame place roll up seethe pasture crop vomit up browse chuck mould throw up contrive retch purge rate betray disgorge swear plod meander flap lay out pad shed wheel shake off barf graze weave wind rank grade couch thread pluck regurgitate cuckold throw off straddle throw cat vomit ramble on revolve order hurtle spew honk roll out regorge drop set out aver run jog hurl trudge upchuck footslog be sick undulate sick puke direction tenor meaning object intention purpose scope result issue interence conclusion end proposal design mark diluvium diluvial formations under ground between shafts drive into heaps be wafted accumulate in heaps be driven into heaps drifting adrift punch coaster derive leeway deviation bank bar mound current leaning tide content denotation import sense significance signification bowl breeze brush coast cruise flow glide sail skim slide stream sweep whisk hang hover poise ride waft bat gad (about) gallivant galavant kick around knock (about) maunder mooch traipse

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Antonyms for drift

flounder struggle settle sink

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Drift in different languages

  • انجرافArabic
  • тенденция течение дрейф дрейфувам нося се насока навяване Bulgarian
  • vagarejar vagar Catalan
  • závěj Czech
  • 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 anhäufen German
  • drivi drivo drivaĵo Esperanto
  • derrape ir a la deriva errar vagar derivar Spanish
  • triiv Estonian
  • sorto ajautua harhailla ajopuu kasa lauma ajelehtia sortuma välys hortoilla kuljeskella ajautuminen kasaantuma kasautuma Finnish
  • dévier dérive dériver errer French
  • נסחףHebrew
  • भाव Hindi
  • torsello punzone Italian
  • 漂流Japanese
  • dreifēt Latvian
  • hū, pārāriki, māeroero, makihoi, tūkōripi, paratai, whakatairangiMaori
  • vandre
  • trekken Dutch
  • dryft zaspa Polish
  • течение дрейф сноситься носиться сместиться тенденция дрейфовать смещаться Russian
  • drift driva Swedish
  • trôi dạt Vietnamese

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