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Definition 1: a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they dug a drift parallel with the vein

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) a passage between rooms or between buildings

(drift belongs to category ...) the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth

Definition 2: the pervading meaning or tenor - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • caught the general drift of the conversation

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) the general meaning or substance of an utterance

"although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"

Definition 3: a general tendency to change (as of opinion) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book
  • a broad movement of the electorate to the right

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"

(... is a kind of drift ) a general direction of evolutionary change

(... is a kind of drift ) a figurative movement toward some attraction

"the gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs"

Definition 4: a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents - [noun denoting object]

(drift is a kind of ...) a body of matter without definite shape

"a huge ice mass"

(... is a kind of drift ) a mound of glacial drift

(... is a kind of drift ) a mass of snow heaped up by the wind

Definition 5: a force that moves something along - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

"force equals mass times acceleration"

Definition 6: the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane) - [noun denoting process]

(drift is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(... is a kind of drift ) (of a ship or plane) sideways drift

(drift belongs to category ...) an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets

"the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"

(drift belongs to category ...) a vessel that carries passengers or freight

Definition 7: a process of linguistic change over a period of time - [noun denoting process]

(drift is a kind of ...) a process involved in human language

(... is a kind of drift ) the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning

Definition 8: be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current - [verb of change]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • snow drifting several feet high
  • sand drifting like snow

(drift is a kind of ...) collect or gather

"Journals are accumulating in my office" "The work keeps piling up"

Definition 9: be subject to fluctuation - [verb of change]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The stock market drifted upward

(drift is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) vary or move from a fixed point or course

"stock prices are drifting higher"

Definition 10: drive slowly and far afield for grazing - [verb of contact]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drift the cattle herds westwards

(drift is a kind of ...) let feed in a field or pasture or meadow

Definition 11: move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment - [verb of motion]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • They rolled from town to town

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of drift ) wander aimlessly

(... is a kind of drift ) wander aimlessly in search of pleasure

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) go via an indirect route or at no set pace

"After dinner, we wandered into town"

Definition 12: be in motion due to some air or water current - [verb of motion]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of drift ) be driven or carried along, as by the air

"Sounds wafted into the room"

(... is a kind of drift ) be carried with the tide

(... is a kind of drift ) to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind

"their manes streamed like stiff black pennants in the wind"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) move lightly, as if suspended

"The dancer floated across the stage"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) cause to be carried by a current

"drift the boats downstream"

Definition 13: wander from a direct course or at random - [verb of motion]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her
  • don't drift from the set course

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

"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" "They rolled from town to town"

Definition 14: move in an unhurried fashion - [verb of motion]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests

(drift is a kind of ...) move around freely from person to person or from place to place

"She circulates among royalty"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

"My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"

Definition 15: cause to be carried by a current - [verb of motion]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drift the boats downstream

(drift is a kind of ...) set afloat

"He floated the logs down the river" "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) be in motion due to some air or water current

"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"

Definition 16: live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely - [verb of stative]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school

Synonyms for drift in the sense of this definition

(drift is a kind of ...) support oneself

"he could barely exist on such a low wage" "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?" "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) move in an unhurried fashion

"The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"

Definition 17: vary or move from a fixed point or course - [verb of stative]

Samples where drift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • stock prices are drifting higher

(drift is a kind of ...) be subject to change in accordance with a variable

"Prices vary" "His moods vary depending on the weather"

(drift has a similar meaning as ...) be subject to fluctuation

"The stock market drifted upward"

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