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  1. the action or an amount of drifting.
  2. drifted matter.
  3. Navigation. the amount of drift away from a set course as a result of wind and currents.
  4. windage.
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Origin of driftage

First recorded in 1760–70; drift + -age
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Examples from the Web for driftage

Historical Examples of driftage

  • Fuel coal is also too pure to have been accumulated by driftage.

    The Elements of Geology

    William Harmon Norton

  • Among the heaps of sea-weed there were sometimes small pieces of painted wood, bark, and other driftage.

  • Experience has given directions for its use, avoiding some of the grosser causes of error from driftage and other causes.

    The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph

    Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field

British Dictionary definitions for driftage


  1. the act of drifting
  2. matter carried along or deposited by drifting
  3. the amount by which an aircraft or vessel has drifted from its intended course
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