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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

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Comparison of influenza viruses (a) Characteristic Influenza A Influenza B Genome Negative-strand RNA, Negative-strand RNA, eight segmented genes eight segmented genes Sequence High Moderate variability in HA and NA Mode of antigen Antigenic drift and Antigenic drift only variation antigenic shift Hosts Humans, avian, swine, Humans only equine, marine mammals Epidemiology Epidemic, pandemic Epidemic, nonpandemic (a) RNA, ribonucleic acid; HA, hemagglutinin; NA, neuraminadase.
Vaccines may be ineffective in the field due to the antigenic drift caused by the observed rapid mutation rate of the influenza virus, according to these physicians.
Gradual changes in the age distribution of excess deaths in the years following the 1918 influenza pandemic in Copenhagen: using epidemiological evidence to detect antigenic drift.
These epidemics caused unusually high illness and death in young children (33,34), consistent with the antigenic drift away from both the 2007 Southern Hemisphere subtype H3N2 and H1N1 vaccine strains (33).
The genetic makeup of influenza viruses allows frequent minor genetic changes, known as antigenic drift, and these changes require annual reformulation of influenza vaccines.
Mutations S123P and S129A, R to G substitution in the HA cleavage site, and S155N and K189N mutations at antigenic site B (which could explain the antigenic drift measured) are characteristics that seem to have become established in the latest Cambodian isolates (online Appendix Table, available from www.
The antigenic homogeneity of the canine viruses suggests that measurable antigenic drift has not yet occurred.
Additionally, major antigenic drift among influenza viruses (H1N1 to H2N2 to H3N2 from 1918 to 1969) can be temporally mapped to above-ground nuclear testing in the flight paths of migratory birds across Siberia to Eastern China.
Monitoring the genetic structure of this virus is needed for predicting changes that may confer ability to cause pandemics: pathogenicity, host range, and antigenic drift.
The difficulty of creating a diagnostic device for influenza is due to the antigenic drift or mutation of the virus from year to year.
The immune responses elicited by subpotent vaccines may exert selection pressure that favors antigenic drift and shift (Figure).
Antigenic drift of H5N2 viruses belonging to the Mexico lineage, resulting in lower identity (less similarity) to the vaccine strain, has been described (16).
These findings support the notion that cats may be broadly susceptible to circulating H5N1 viruses and thus may play a role in reassortment, antigenic drift, and transmission.
Every 2 to 5 years, the accumulation of mutations results in a major antigenic drift away from the previously circulating strains (4).