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  • a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
    • they dug a drift parallel with the vein
  • the pervading meaning or tenor
    • caught the general drift of the conversation
  • a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
    • not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book
    • a broad movement of the electorate to the right
  • a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
  • a process of linguistic change over a period of time
  • the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
  • a force that moves something along
  • be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
    • snow drifting several feet high
    • sand drifting like snow
  • be subject to fluctuation
    • The stock market drifted upward
  • drive slowly and far afield for grazing
    • drift the cattle herds westwards
  • cause to be carried by a current
    • drift the boats downstream
  • move in an unhurried fashion
    • The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests
  • live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
    • My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school
  • vary or move from a fixed point or course
    • stock prices are drifting higher
  • move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    • The 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
  • wander from a direct course or at random
    • The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her
    • don't drift from the set course
  • be in motion due to some air or water current
    • The 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
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