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drift

drift

 
 
pronunciation:
drIft
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: drifted, drifting, drifts
definition 1: to be carried along by an outside force, such as wind or water.
Unanchored, the boat drifted out to sea.
 
similar words:
blow, float, ride, trail, waft, wash
definition 2: to wander without purpose or without particular destination.
Unable to find work, he drifted from town to town.
synonyms:
ramble, roam, rove, wander
similar words:
gad, maunder, meander, mope, peregrinate, stray
definition 3: to be moved into piles.
The snow drifted in our yard.
synonyms:
bank
similar words:
heap up, pile up
definition 4: to vary or stray.
They began to drift from the topic.
synonyms:
vary
similar words:
deviate, digress, ramble, stray
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause to drift; drive into piles.
synonyms:
pile
similar words:
heap
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of drifting.
We watched the drift of the leaves on the water.
synonyms:
driftage
similar words:
floating
definition 2: the tendency to drift.
definition 3: a mass or bank made up of drifting matter such as snow.
Snow drifts lined the road.
 
synonyms:
bank, mound
similar words:
accumulation, dune, heap, mass, pile
definition 4: something carried along by an outside force such as wind or water current.
synonyms:
driftage
similar words:
driftwood, floater, flotsam, jetsam
definition 5: trend or direction.
a drift toward spending
synonyms:
current, trend
similar words:
direction, movement, tendency, tenor
definition 6: intention; meaning.
the drift of the essay
synonyms:
intent, intention, meaning
similar words:
point, purport, sense, significance, signification, substance, tenor
derivation: driftingly (adv.)
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