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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.


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.


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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