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drift

noun

1 drift

A force that moves something along.

synonyms: impetus, impulsion.

Roget 349: wind, draught, flatus, afflatus, efflation, eluvium; air; breath, breath of air; puff, whiff, zephyr; blow, breeze, ... show more

Roget 620: intent, intention, intentionality; purpose; quo animo [Lat.]; project etc. 626; undertaking etc. 676; predetermination etc. 611; ... show more

Roget 270: transfer, transference; translocation, elocation; displacement; metastasis, metathesis; removal; remotion, amotion; relegation; deportation, asportation; ... show more

Roget 176: tendency; aptness, aptitude; proneness, proclivity, bent, turn, tone, bias, set, leaning to, predisposition, inclination, ... show more

Roget 72: assemblage; collection, collocation, colligation; compilation, levy, gathering, ingathering, muster, attroupement; team; concourse, conflux, congregation, ... show more

Roget 278: direction, bearing, course, vector; set, drift, tenor; tendency etc. 176; incidence; bending, trending etc. ... show more

Dutch: impuls, stuwkracht



2 drift

The gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane).

3 drift

A process of linguistic change over a period of time.

4 drift

A large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents.

Dutch: afdrijven

5 drift

A general tendency to change (as of opinion).

synonyms: movement, trend.

Dutch: trend

6 drift

The pervading meaning or tenor:
— Caught the general drift of the conversation.

synonym: purport.

Roget 516: meaning; signification, significance; sense, expression; import, purport; force; drift, tenor, spirit, bearing, coloring; scope.    ... show more

7 drift

A horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine:
— They dug a drift parallel with the vein.

synonyms: gallery, heading.

verb

1 drift

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.

Roget 267: sail; put to sea etc. (depart) 293; take ship, get under way; set sail, spread sail, spread canvas; gather way, have way on; make sail, ... show more

Roget 286: approach, approximate, appropinquate; near; get near, go near, draw near; come to close quarters, come near; move towards, set in towards; drift; make up to; ... show more

Dutch: drijven, te water laten, zeilen, zweven

2 drift

Wander from a direct course or at random:
— Don't drift from the set course.

synonyms: err, stray.

Dutch: verdolen, verdwalen

3 drift

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.

Roget 279: alter one's course, deviate, depart from, turn, trend; bend, curve etc. 245; swerve, heel, bear off; gybe, wear.    ... show more

Roget 264: be in motion etc. adj.; move, go, hie, gang, budge, stir, pass, flit; hover about, hover round, ... show more

Dutch: rondlopen, vreemdgaan, dolen, wandelen, rondwandelen, dwalen, ronddolen, zwerven

4 drift

Vary or move from a fixed point or course.

5 drift

Live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely:
— My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school.

synonym: freewheel.

6 drift

Move in an unhurried fashion.

7 drift

Cause to be carried by a current.

8 drift

Drive slowly and far afield for grazing.

9 drift

Be subject to fluctuation.

10 drift

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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