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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