A force that moves something along.
synonyms: impetus, impulsion.
breath of air;
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quo animo [Lat.];
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Dutch: impuls, stuwkracht
The gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane).
A process of linguistic change over a period of time.
A large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents.
A general tendency to change (as of opinion).
synonyms: movement, trend.
A horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine:
— They dug a drift parallel with the vein.
synonyms: gallery, heading.
Be in motion due to some air or water current:
— The boat drifted on the lake.
— The sailboat was adrift on the open sea.
— The shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore.
synonyms: be adrift, blow, float.
put to sea
get under way;
have way on;
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come to close quarters,
set in towards;
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Dutch: drijven, te water laten, zeilen, zweven
Wander from a direct course or at random:
— Don't drift from the set course.
synonyms: err, stray.
Dutch: verdolen, verdwalen
Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment:
— The laborers drift from one town to the next.
synonyms: cast, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond ... show more.
alter one's course,
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be in motion
hover round, ... show more
Dutch: rondlopen, vreemdgaan, dolen, wandelen, rondwandelen, dwalen, ronddolen, zwerven
Vary or move from a fixed point or course.
Live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely:
— My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school.
Move in an unhurried fashion.
Cause to be carried by a current.
Drive slowly and far afield for grazing.
Be subject to fluctuation.
Be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current.
Moby thesaurus: Brownian movement, Zeitgeist, aberrancy, aberration, accumulation, advance, aeroplane, affective meaning, affluence, afflux, affluxion, aim, airlift, airplane, alluvion, alluvium, amble, angular motion, anthill, army ... show more.
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