Snow drifting to five feet.
A balloon drifting eastward; as the wreckage drifted toward shore.
Drifting the logs downstream.
Wind drifted the loose straw against the barn.
A drift of logs in the river.
- Rain, snow, or smoke driven before the wind.
- Floating matter driven by water currents.
- A heap of snow, sand, etc. piled up by the wind.
- Floating matter washed ashore.
The boat drifted away from the shore.
The balloon was drifting in the breeze.
He drifted from town to town, never settling down.
This car tends to drift left at high speeds.
A current of wind drifts snow or sand.
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.
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.
Drifting among the party guests; a day laborer, drifting from town to town.
Drifted through his college years unable to decide on a career.
My attention drifted during the boring presentation.
- to gradually lose interest in or affection for each other
- to fall asleep
Origin of drift
- From Middle English drove, herd, act of driving dhreibh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English drift, dryft (“act of driving, drove, shower of rain or snow, impulse”), from Old English *drift (“drift”), from Proto-Germanic *driftiz (“drift”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhreibh- (“to drive, push”). Cognate with North Frisian drift (“drift”), Dutch drift (“drift, passion, urge”), German Drift (“drift”) and Trift (“drove, pasture”), Swedish drift (“impulse, instinct”), Icelandic drift (“drift, snow-drift”). Related to drive.