The definition of a drift is a driving force or pressure, the ocean's movement due to winds and currents or a broad and shallow current that moves forward 10 to 15 miles per day.noun
- An example of drift is the encouragement to keep moving through a difficulty.
- An example or drift is a strong ocean current making it dangerous to swim.
- An example of drift is a current moving 15 miles forward each day.
Drift is defined as to be carried by currents or to wander aimlessly.verb
- An example of drift is for a piece of wood to be dragged out to sea by the currents.
- An example of drift is to constantly wander from village to village.
- an act or instance of being driven or carried along, as by a current of air or water or by circumstances
- the course on which something is directed or driven
- the deviation of a ship, airplane, rocket, etc. from its path, caused by side currents or winds
- the velocity of a current of water
- a slow ocean current
- a gradual shifting in position
- a random course, variation, or deviation
- a gradual movement or change in some direction or toward some end or purpose; trend; tendency
- general meaning of what is said or done; intent; tenor
- something driven, as rain, snow, or smoke driven before the wind, or floating matter driven by water currents
- a heap of snow, sand, etc. piled up by the wind, or floating matter washed ashore
- ☆ Electronics a deviation or variation of a quantity, as voltage, from its assigned value
- Geol. sand, gravel, boulders, etc. moved and deposited by a glacier or by water arising from its melting ice
- Linguis. a gradual change along a certain line of development in the various elements of a language
- a tool used for ramming or driving down a heavy object
- a tool for enlarging or shaping holes
- a horizontal passageway driven into or along the path of a vein or rock layer
- a small tunnel connecting two larger shafts
Origin: ME (akin to ON & MDu drift, OHG trift) < OE drifan, drive
- to be carried along by or as by a current
- to be carried along by circumstances; go along aimlessly
- to wander about from place to place, from job to job, etc.
- to accumulate in heaps by force of wind or water
- to become heaped with drifting snow, sand, etc.
- to move easily or gradually away from a set position
- ☆ West to range far afield in a drove, as in seeking pasture or escaping a storm: said of cattle
- to cause to drift
- to cover with drifts
- drifter noun
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verb drift·ed, drift·ing, drifts verb, intransitive
- To be carried along by currents of air or water: a balloon drifting eastward; as the wreckage drifted toward shore.
- To proceed or move unhurriedly and smoothly: drifting among the party guests.
- To move leisurely or sporadically from place to place, especially without purpose or regular employment: a day laborer, drifting from town to town.
- a. To wander from a set course or point of attention; stray.b. To vary from or oscillate randomly about a fixed setting, position, or mode of operation.
- To be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of a current: snow drifting to five feet.
- To cause to be carried in a current: drifting the logs downstream.
- To pile up in banks or heaps: Wind drifted the loose straw against the barn.
- Western U.S. To drive (livestock) slowly or far afield, especially for grazing.
- The act or condition of drifting.
- Something moving along in a current of air or water.
- A bank or pile, as of sand or snow, heaped up by currents of air or water.
- Geology Rock debris transported and deposited by or from ice, especially by or from a glacier.
- a. A general trend or tendency, as of opinion. See Synonyms at tendency.b. General meaning or purport; tenor: caught the drift of the conversation.
- a. A gradual change in position.b. A gradual deviation from an original course, model, method, or intention.c. Variation or random oscillation about a fixed setting, position, or mode of behavior.
- A gradual change in the output of a circuit or amplifier.
- The rate of flow of a water current.
- a. A tool for ramming or driving something down.b. A tapered steel pin for enlarging and aligning holes.
- a. A horizontal or nearly horizontal passageway in a mine running through or parallel to a vein.b. A secondary mine passageway between two main shafts or tunnels.
- A drove or herd, especially of swine. See Synonyms at flock1.
Origin: From Middle English, drove, herd, act of driving; see dhreibh- in Indo-European roots.
- driftˈy adjective
drift - Computer Definition
Change in frequency or time synchronization of a signal that occurs slowly.
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drift - Medical Definition
- A gradual deviation from an original course, model, method, or intention.
- Movement of teeth from their normal position in the dental arch because of the loss of contiguous teeth.
- See genetic drift.
- A variation or random oscillation about a fixed setting, position, or mode of behavior.
drift - Phrases/Idioms
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