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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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Kinani residents in Kalololeni constituency have questioned the workmanship of three drifts after they were washed away barely a month after completion.
Given such lack of studies related to new models of hydraulic nozzles and the importance of selecting technologies to minimize the risks of herbicide drift, the present study aimed to evaluate the effect of models of spray nozzles with inclined flat jet, at different angles, on the drift of glyphosate + 2,4-D (dimethylamine).
Understanding some of the nuances of South Florida style drift fishing will make it easier and more productive.
"Jebel Hafeet was a mountain that no team had drifted on before and we wanted to conquer it.
Patterson uses his trolling motor to drift between .5 and 1.0 mph, keeping baits under the boat and just above the thermocline, where baitfish and catfish are.
The Lebanese in general are known for their passion for drift shows, and the capital is usually full of tourists of Arab and other nationalities during this time of year.
Drivers reacting to large vehicles overcompensate and drift into the next lane.
Alongside Carter, Deane and Aasbo, three additional international drifting professionals - Gaz Whiter, Forrest Wang and Masato Kawabata - have confirmed their place on the streets of Liverpool to compete for the title of the ultimate drift champion.
This demonstrates a unique kind of drift, known as recurring concepts [6].
Equipped with its iconic Nitrous Oxide system - installed for cinematic purposes only - the Nissan 350Z owned by Takashi, AKA the "Drift King", featured on most of the promotional material for the 2006 film.
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"While raising awareness is obviously a first step in getting our youths to understand the dangers of driving recklessly, we need to criminalize the act to get people to think twice next time they drift, speed or even cross a red light."
Configuration drift. It's one of these things that you know and fear, yet you kind of shrug when you hear it.