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Synonyms for drift

Synonyms for drift

to move along with or be carried away by the action of water


to pass smoothly, quietly, and undisturbed on or as if on a slippery surface


to move about at random, especially over a wide area

to put into a disordered pile

something suggestive of running water

the general sense or significance, as of an action or statement

the thread or current of thought uniting or occurring in all the elements of a text or discourse

Synonyms for drift

a force that moves something along

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

a process of linguistic change over a period of time

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

a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

the pervading meaning or tenor


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a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

be in motion due to some air or water current

wander from a direct course or at random

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

vary or move from a fixed point or course

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live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely

move in an unhurried fashion

cause to be carried by a current

drive slowly and far afield for grazing

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be subject to fluctuation

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

References in classic literature ?
Our logs drifted slowly and at last grounded gently on the bank.
So he drifted back to his wild young days, and spun many a rare yarn for me, while we downed beer, treat by treat, all through a blessed summer afternoon.
And so these three poets, having thus drifted together, came to be called the Lake Poets, although Southey's poetry had little in common with that of either Wordsworth or Coleridge.
She came close to them, for the stream drifted the boat quite near the land.
As we drifted closer the boat would rise on a wave while we sank in the trough, till almost straight above me I could see the heads of the three men craned overside and looking down.
This time, though we were continually half- buried, there was no trough in which to be swept, and we drifted squarely down upon the upturned boat, badly smashing it as it was heaved inboard.
The judges looked for an impressive exterior too, and deducted points if participants drifted the wrong way, spun their cars or hit any of the obstacles.
I simply missed the change, and my steel BB's drifted entirely off target.
Two Nissan Z cars drifted around a track in Dubai at the same time without stopping for 28.
Nissan Middle East has set a new Guinness World Records title for the longest twin vehicle drifting as two Nissan Z cars drifted around a track at the same time without stopping for 28.
I also drifted in Lebanon a bit, took it step by step.
Once you've drifted off the spot a little ways, commit your compass Heading to memory.
It found, in certain conditions, herbicide drifted more than 20 miles off target.
Check the diagram to consider the position of the base-runner in relation to second base if he had veered to his right after passing first, and then consider his position had he drifted to his left.
Additional analysis tells the story: Of the 1,805 vehicles in the study that drifted beyond the paved shoulder, 35 percent of the drivers overcorrected their steering.