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English noun: drift

1. drift (phenomenon) a force that moves something along


Synonymsimpetus, impulsion


Broader (hypernym)force

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


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Narrower (hyponym)leeway


Domain categoryaeroplane, airplane, plane, ship

3. drift (process) a process of linguistic change over a period of time


Broader (hypernym)linguistic process


Narrower (hyponym)melioration

4. drift (object) a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents


Broader (hypernym)mass


Narrower (hyponym)drumlin, snowdrift

5. drift (cognition) a general tendency to change (as of opinion)


SamplesNot openly liberal but that is the trend of the book.
A broad movement of the electorate to the right.


Synonymsmovement, trend


Broader (hypernym)disposition, inclination, tendency


Narrower (hyponym)evolutionary trend, gravitation

6. drift (cognition) the pervading meaning or tenor


SamplesCaught the general drift of the conversation.


Synonymspurport


Broader (hypernym)strain, tenor

7. drift (artifact) a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine


SamplesThey dug a drift parallel with the vein.


Synonymsgallery, heading


Broader (hypernym)passageway


Domain categoryexcavation, mining


English verb: drift

1. drift (motion) be in motion due to some air or water current


SamplesThe leaves were blowing in the wind.
The boat drifted on the lake.
The sailboat was adrift on the open sea.
The shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore.


Synonymsbe adrift, blow, float


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)stream, tide, waft


Verb groupdrift, float

2. drift (motion) wander from a direct course or at random


SamplesThe child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her.
Don't drift from the set course.


Synonymserr, stray


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Verb groupcast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

3. drift (motion) move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment


SamplesThe gypsies roamed the woods.
Roving vagabonds.
The wandering Jew.
The cattle roam across the prairie.
The laborers drift from one town to the next.
They rolled from town to town.


Synonymscast, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)gad, gallivant, jazz around, maunder


Verb groupdrift, err, stray, wander

4. drift (stative) vary or move from a fixed point or course


SamplesStock prices are drifting higher.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)vary


Verb groupdrift

5. drift (stative) live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely


SamplesMy son drifted around for years in California before going to law school.


Synonymsfreewheel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)exist, live, subsist, survive


Verb groupdrift

6. drift (motion) move in an unhurried fashion


SamplesThe unknown young man drifted among the invited guests.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)circulate


Verb groupdrift, freewheel

7. drift (motion) cause to be carried by a current


SamplesDrift the boats downstream.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)float


Verb groupbe adrift, blow, drift, float

8. drift (contact) drive slowly and far afield for grazing


SamplesDrift the cattle herds westwards.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)crop, graze, pasture

9. drift (change) be subject to fluctuation


SamplesThe stock market drifted upward.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Verb groupdrift

10. drift (change) be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current


SamplesSnow drifting several feet high.
Sand drifting like snow.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)accumulate, amass, conglomerate, cumulate, gather, pile up









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