- 1. drift, impetus, impulsion, force
- usage: a force that moves something along
- 2. drift, natural process, natural action, action, activity
- usage: the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
- 3. drift, linguistic process
- usage: a process of linguistic change over a period of time
- 4. drift, mass
- usage: a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
- 5. drift, trend, movement, inclination, disposition, tendency
- usage: 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"
- 6. drift, purport, tenor, strain
- usage: the pervading meaning or tenor; "caught the general drift of the conversation"
- 7. drift, heading, gallery, passageway
- usage: a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine; "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"
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- 1. float, drift, be adrift, blow, travel, go, move, locomote
- usage: 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"
- 2. stray, err, drift, travel, go, move, locomote
- usage: 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"
- 3. roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond, travel, go, move, locomote
- usage: 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"
- 4. drift, vary
- usage: vary or move from a fixed point or course; "stock prices are drifting higher"
- 5. freewheel, drift, exist, survive, live, subsist
- usage: live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"
- 6. drift, circulate
- usage: move in an unhurried fashion; "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
- 7. drift, float
- usage: cause to be carried by a current; "drift the boats downstream"
- 8. drift, crop, graze, pasture
- usage: drive slowly and far afield for grazing; "drift the cattle herds westwards"
- 9. drift, change
- usage: be subject to fluctuation; "The stock market drifted upward"
- 10. drift, accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amass
- usage: be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
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