drift

phonetic symbol: / drɪ́ft / 

drift - English Dictionary

[ noun ]
■ a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
e.g.)
・they dug a drift parallel with the vein
gallery , heading

[ noun ]
■ the pervading meaning or tenor
e.g.)
・caught the general drift of the conversation
purport

[ noun ]
■ a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
movement , trend

[ noun ]
■ a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents

[ noun ]
■ a force that moves something along
impetus , impulsion

[ noun ]
■ the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)

[ noun ]
■ a process of linguistic change over a period of time

[ verb ]
■ be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
e.g.)
・snow drifting several feet high
・sand drifting like snow

[ verb ]
■ be subject to fluctuation
e.g.)
・The stock market drifted upward

[ verb ]
■ drive slowly and far afield for grazing
e.g.)
・drift the cattle herds westwards

[ verb ]
■ cause to be carried by a current
e.g.)
・drift the boats downstream

[ verb ]
■ move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
e.g.)
・the laborers drift from one town to the next
cast , ramble , range , roam , roll , rove , stray , swan , tramp , vagabond , wander

[ verb ]
■ be in motion due to some air or water current
e.g.)
・the boat drifted on the lake
・The sailboat was adrift on the open sea
・the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore
be adrift , blow , float

[ verb ]
■ move in an unhurried fashion
e.g.)
・The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests

[ verb ]
■ wander from a direct course or at random
e.g.)
・don't drift from the set course
err , stray

[ verb ]
■ live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
e.g.)
・My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school
freewheel

[ verb ]
■ vary or move from a fixed point or course
e.g.)
・stock prices are drifting higher

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