|1.||[ verb ] be in motion due to some air or water current|
|Synonyms:||float blow be_adrift|
"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"
|Related terms:||travel stream tide float gust|
|2.||[ noun ] a force that moves something along|
|Related terms:||force impel|
|3.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||travel wander straggler drifting|
|4.||[ verb ] move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment|
|Synonyms:||wander roam range rove stray vagabond roll cast ramble tramp swan|
"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"
|Related terms:||travel maunder gallivant stray wander straggler wanderer alley_cat wandering rambler vagabond drifting hiker|
|5.||[ verb ] be driven or carried along, as by the air|
"Sounds wafted into the room"
|Related terms:||travel float|
|6.||[ noun ] the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)|
|Related terms:||natural_process leeway ship airplane|
|7.||[ verb ] move in an unhurried fashion|
"The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
|Related terms:||circulate freewheel|
|8.||[ verb ] vary or move from a fixed point or course|
"stock prices are drifting higher"
|9.||[ noun ] something that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents|
|Related terms:||substance drumlin snowdrift|
|10.||[ noun ] general meaning or tenor|
: "caught the drift of the conversation"
|Related terms:||tenor drive|
|11.||[ verb ] be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current|
"snow drifting several feet high" "sand drifting like snow"
|12.||[ verb ] live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely|
"My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"
|Related terms:||exist free_agent|
|13.||[ verb ] be subject to fluctuation|
"The stock market drifted upward"
|14.||[ verb ] (food) drive slowly and far afield for grazing|
"drift the cattle herds westwards"
|15.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a process of linguistic change over a period of time|
|Related terms:||linguistic_process melioration|
|16.||[ verb ] (transportation) cause to be carried by a current|
"drift the boats downstream"
|Related terms:||float float|
|17.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||inclination evolutionary_trend gravitation drive|
|18.||[ noun ] (mining) a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine|
"they dug a drift parallel with the vein"
|Related terms:||passageway mining|