drift - definitions and synonyms

drift verb

  1. English Meaning: 

    : be in motion due to some air or water current

    Example Sentenses:

    • the boat drifted on the lake

    • The sailboat was adrift on the open sea

    • the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore

    • The leaves were blowing in the wind

    Synonyms:

    be adrift / blow / float
  2. English Meaning: 

    : wander from a direct course or at random

    Example Sentenses:

    • don't drift from the set course

    • The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her

    Synonyms:

    err / stray
  3. English Meaning: 

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

    اردو معنی‎ (Urdu Meaning)‎:

    آوارہ گردی کرنا - گھومنا پھرنا - سیر سپاٹا کرنا - گشت لگانا - چکر لگانا - مارے مارے پھرنا - بھٹکتے پھرنا - علاقے میں پھرنا - مٹر گشت کرنا - گھومنا - پھرنا -

    Example Sentenses:

    • the laborers drift from one town to the next

    • The gypsies roamed the woods

    • roving vagabonds

    • the wandering Jew

    • The cattle roam across the prairie

    • They rolled from town to town

    Synonyms:

    cast / ramble / range / roam / roll / rove / stray / swan / tramp / vagabond / wander
  4. English Meaning: 

    : vary or move from a fixed point or course

    Example Sentenses:

    • stock prices are drifting higher

  5. English Meaning: 

    : live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

    Example Sentenses:

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

    Synonyms:

    freewheel
  6. English Meaning: 

    : move in an unhurried fashion

    Example Sentenses:

    • The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests

  7. English Meaning: 

    : cause to be carried by a current

    Example Sentenses:

    • drift the boats downstream

  8. English Meaning: 

    : drive slowly and far afield for grazing

    Example Sentenses:

    • drift the cattle herds westwards

  9. English Meaning: 

    : be subject to fluctuation

    Example Sentenses:

    • The stock market drifted upward

  10. English Meaning: 

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

    Example Sentenses:

    • snow drifting several feet high

    • sand drifting like snow

drift noun

  1. English Meaning: 

    : a force that moves something along

    Synonyms:

    impetus / impulsion
  2. English Meaning: 

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

  3. English Meaning: 

    : a process of linguistic change over a period of time

  4. English Meaning: 

    : a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents

  5. English Meaning: 

    : a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

    Example Sentenses:

    • not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book

    • a broad movement of the electorate to the right

    Synonyms:

    movement / trend
  6. English Meaning: 

    : the pervading meaning or tenor

    Example Sentenses:

    • caught the general drift of the conversation

    Synonyms:

    purport
  7. English Meaning: 

    : a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

    Example Sentenses:

    • they dug a drift parallel with the vein

    Synonyms:

    gallery / heading