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
Synonyms: impetus impulsion
Related terms: force impel
3. [ verb ] wander from a direct course or at random
Synonyms: err stray

"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
Synonyms: waft

"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"

Related terms: vary
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
Synonyms: purport

: "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"

Related terms: accumulate
12. [ verb ] live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
Synonyms: freewheel

"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"

Related terms: change
14. [ verb ] (food) drive slowly and far afield for grazing

"drift the cattle herds westwards"

Related terms: crop
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)
Synonyms: trend movement

"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
Synonyms: gallery heading

"they dug a drift parallel with the vein"

Related terms: passageway mining
Similar spelling:   drifter