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DRIFT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does drift mean? 

DRIFT (noun)
  The noun DRIFT has 7 senses:

1. a force that moves something along
2. the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
3. a process of linguistic change over a period of time
4. something that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
5. a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
6. the pervading meaning or tenor
7. a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

  Familiarity information: DRIFT used as a noun is common.


DRIFT (verb)
  The verb DRIFT has 10 senses:

1. be in motion due to some air or water current
2. wander from a direct course or at random
3. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
4. vary or move from a fixed point or course
5. live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
6. move in an unhurried fashion
7. cause to be carried by a current
8. drive slowly and far afield for grazing
9. be subject to fluctuation
10. be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current

  Familiarity information: DRIFT used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


DRIFT (noun)


Sense 1drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A force that moves something along

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

impulsion; impetus; drift

Hypernyms ("drift" is a kind of...):

force ((physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity)


Sense 2drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("drift" is a kind of...):

action; activity; natural action; natural process (a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings))

Domain category:

aeroplane; airplane; plane (an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets)

ship (a vessel that carries passengers or freight)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drift"):

leeway ((of a ship or plane) sideways drift)


Sense 3drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A process of linguistic change over a period of time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("drift" is a kind of...):

linguistic process (a process involved in human language)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drift"):

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


Sense 4drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("drift" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drift"):

drumlin (a mound of glacial drift)

snowdrift (a mass of snow heaped up by the wind)


Sense 5drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A general tendency to change (as of opinion)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

trend; drift; movement

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("drift" is a kind of...):

disposition; inclination; tendency (an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "drift"):

evolutionary trend (a general direction of evolutionary change)

gravitation (a figurative movement toward some attraction)


Sense 6drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The pervading meaning or tenor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

purport; drift

Context example:

caught the general drift of the conversation

Hypernyms ("drift" is a kind of...):

strain; tenor (the general meaning or substance of an utterance)


Sense 7drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

heading; drift; gallery

Context example:

they dug a drift parallel with the vein

Hypernyms ("drift" is a kind of...):

passageway (a passage between rooms or between buildings)

Domain category:

excavation; mining (the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth)


DRIFT (verb)


Sense 1drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in motion due to some air or water current

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

be adrift; float; drift; blow

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "drift"):

waft (be driven or carried along, as by the air)

tide (be carried with the tide)

stream (to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wander from a direct course or at random

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

drift; err; stray

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

wander; vagabond; rove; roam; stray; range; ramble; swan; drift; tramp; cast; roll

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "drift"):

maunder (wander aimlessly)

gad; gallivant; jazz around (wander aimlessly in search of pleasure)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Vary or move from a fixed point or course

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

stock prices are drifting higher

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

vary (be subject to change in accordance with a variable)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

freewheel; drift

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

exist; live; subsist; survive (support oneself)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 6drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move in an unhurried fashion

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

circulate (move around freely)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 7drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be carried by a current

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

drift the boats downstream

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

float (set afloat)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drive slowly and far afield for grazing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

drift the cattle herds westwards

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

crop; graze; pasture (let feed in a field or pasture or meadow)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be subject to fluctuation

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The stock market drifted upward

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 10drift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

snow drifting several feet high / sand drifting like snow

Hypernyms (to "drift" is one way to...):

accumulate; amass; conglomerate; cumulate; gather; pile up (collect or gather)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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