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Definitions of drift:
  • noun:   a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
    Example: "They dug a drift parallel with the vein"
  • noun:   general meaning or tenor
    Example: "Caught the drift of the conversation"
  • noun:   a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
  • noun:   something that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
  • noun:   a force that moves something along
  • noun:   the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
  • noun:   a process of linguistic change over a period of time
  • verb:   vary or move from a fixed point or course
    Example: "Stock prices are drifting higher"
  • verb:   be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
    Example: "Snow drifting several feet high"
  • verb:   be subject to fluctuation
    Example: "The stock market drifted upward"
  • verb:   drive slowly and far afield for grazing
    Example: "Drift the cattle herds westwards"
  • verb:   cause to be carried by a current
    Example: "Drift the boats downstream"
  • verb:   move in an unhurried fashion
    Example: "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
  • verb:   move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    Example: "The laborers drift from one town to the next"
  • verb:   live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
    Example: "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"
  • verb:   be in motion due to some air or water current
    Example: "The boat drifted on the lake"
  • verb:   wander from a direct course or at random
    Example: "Don't drift from the set course"

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