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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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Traditionally used to stabilize a boat in rough conditions, some clever angler eventually figured out they can also be effective at slowing a boat's drift for fishing purposes, keeping one in the strike zone for a longer period.
A daily scan of your entire environment can pinpoint risky configuration drifts before something bad happens.
The boy's father, Nicholas, who was blind, went down to the drifts too.
The first is to aim off to the upwind side of the target and let the wind drift the arrow into the spot.
Switching to low-drift nozzles has a large impact on drift.
The Environment Agency says salmon had been in decline for the past 10-15 years, and the Irish drift net fishery had a significant effect.
It proves that the view that a drift in price indicates some form of skulduggery is a lazy and incorrect one.
Macroinvertebrate drift was sampled at the surface 1 night each month from November 1984 through June 1985.
First, their deckhands would spend more time in a drift trying to free hooks from the hard bottom than bagging fish.
Created through a licensing agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, this must-have racing title drifts to retailers in Summer 2006.
What happens is this fly drifts in front of the fish, the fish opens his mouth, takes it, and, generally, it causes something to happen to the indicator,'' he said.
Now there is evidence for large-scale motions of galaxies, galactic drifts one moght say, that reinforce the notion of large-scale inhomogeneities in the arrangement of the universe.
including the sinking of a shaft and the construction of lateral exploration drifts on a 125 foot level and a 250 foot level confirming its downward continuity.
A blizzard shut down much of the northern Plains on Sunday with blinding, wind-blown snow and drifts up to 20 feet high, stranding travelers and making life miserable for volunteers sandbagging flood-threatened towns.
ROUYN-NORANDA, Quebec -- ECU Silver (TSX:ECU) announces the receipt of additional assay results from channel samples in development workings of the Santa Juana vein on the 15th and 17th levels drifts and raises: