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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Drift  \Drift\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Drifted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Drifting}.] 
  1.  To  float  or  be  driven  along  by  or  as  by  a  current  of 
  water  or  air;  as  the  ship  drifted  astern;  a  raft  drifted 
  ashore;  the  balloon  drifts  slowly  east. 
 
  We  drifted  o'er  the  harbor  bar.  --  Coleridge. 
 
  2.  To  accumulate  in  heaps  by  the  force  of  wind;  to  be  driven 
  into  heaps;  as  snow  or  sand  drifts. 
 
  3.  (mining)  to  make  a  drift;  to  examine  a  vein  or  ledge  for 
  the  purpose  of  ascertaining  the  presence  of  metals  or 
  ores;  to  follow  a  vein;  to  prospect.  [U.S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  drifting 
  adj  1:  continually  changing  especially  as  from  one  abode  or 
  occupation  to  another;  "a  drifting  double-dealer"; 
  "the  floating  population";  "vagrant  hippies  of  the 
  sixties"  [syn:  {aimless},  {floating},  {vagabond},  {vagrant}] 
  2:  afloat  on  the  surface  of  a  body  of  water;  "after  the  storm 
  the  boats  were  adrift"  [syn:  {adrift(p)},  {drifting(a)}] 
  n  :  aimless  wandering  from  place  to  place 




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