1) a driving movement or action
2) naut. navig. (of a ship) the component of the movement that is due to the force of wind and currents
3) oce a broad, shallow ocean current that advances at the rate of 10 to 15 mi. (16 to 24 km) a day
4) naut. navig. the flow or the speed in knots of an ocean current
5) cv den a gradual deviation from a natural or desirable position or course
6) the course along which something moves; tendency; aim:
a drift toward the political right[/ex]
7) a meaning; intent; purport:
the drift of a statement[/ex]
8) the state or process of being driven
9) something driven, as animals or rain
10) a heap of any matter driven together
11) a snowdrift
12) gel loose material, as gravel, sand, etc., transported and deposited by glacial ice or meltwater
13) gel
continental drift
14) elo elm a gradual change in some operating characteristic of a circuit, tube, or other electronic device, as an effect of warming up or of continued use
15) ling. gradual change in the structure of a language
16) mac
a) a round tapering piece of steel for enlarging holes in metal or for bringing holes in line to receive rivets or bolts
b) mac a flat tapered piece of steel used to drive tools with tapered shanks, as drill bits, from their holders
17) min an approximately horizontal passageway in underground mining
18) ars the gradual deviation of a rocket or guided missile from its intended trajectory
19) to be carried along, as by currents of water or by the force of circumstances
20) to wander aimlessly:
to drift from town to town[/ex]
21) to be driven into heaps, as by the wind
22) to deviate or vary, as from a proper position or set course
23) to carry along:
The current drifted the boat to sea[/ex]
24) to drive into heaps
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME drift, n. der. of OE drīfan to drive drift′ing•ly, adv. drift′y, adj. drift•i•er, drift•i•est.

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