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drift

 
Noun drift has 7 senses
  1. drift, impetus, impulsion - a force that moves something along
    --1 is a kind of force
    Derived forms: verb drift7, verb drift1
  2. drift - the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
    --2 is a kind of
    natural process, natural action, action, activity
    --2 has particulars: leeway
    Derived form: verb drift2
  3. drift - a process of linguistic change over a period of time
    --3 is a kind of
    linguistic process
    --3 has particulars: melioration
  4. drift - something that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
    --4 is a kind of
    substance, matter
    --4 has particulars: drumlin; snowdrift
    Derived form: verb drift10
  5. drift, trend, movement - 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"
    --5 is a kind of inclination, disposition, tendency
    --5 has particulars: evolutionary trend; gravitation
    Derived forms: verb drive11, verb drift9
  6. drift, purport - general meaning or tenor; "caught the drift of the conversation"
    --6 is a kind of tenor, strain
    Derived form: verb drive11
  7. drift, heading, gallery - a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine; "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"
    --7 is a kind of passageway
    Derived form: verb drive19
Verb drift has 10 senses
  1. float, drift, be adrift, blow - 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"
    --1 is one way to travel, go, move, locomote
    Derived form: noun drift1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  2. stray, err, drift - 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"
    --2 is one way to travel, go, move, locomote
    Derived forms: noun driftage1, noun drift2, noun drifting1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  3. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond - 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"
    --3 is one way to travel, go, move, locomote
    Derived forms: noun drifter1, noun drifting1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s PP
  4. drift - vary or move from a fixed point or course; "stock prices are drifting higher"
    --4 is one way to
    vary
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  5. freewheel, drift - live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"
    --5 is one way to exist, survive, live, subsist
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  6. drift - move in an unhurried fashion; "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
    --6 is one way to
    circulate
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  7. drift - cause to be carried by a current; "drift the boats downstream"
    --7 is one way to
    float
    Derived form: noun drift1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  8. drift - drive slowly and far afield for grazing; "drift the cattle herds westwards"
    --8 is one way to
    crop, graze, pasture
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  9. drift - be subject to fluctuation; "The stock market drifted upward"
    --9 is one way to
    change
    Derived form: noun drift5
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  10. drift - be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
    --10 is one way to
    accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amass
    Derived form: noun drift4
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
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