[ drif-tij ]

  1. the action or an amount of drifting.

  2. drifted matter.

  1. Navigation. the amount of drift away from a set course as a result of wind and currents.

Origin of driftage

First recorded in 1760–70; drift + -age

Words Nearby driftage

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How to use driftage in a sentence

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

    The Elements of Geology | William Harmon Norton
  • No more man-wrought driftage came our way, but other signs multiplied.

    1492 | Mary Johnston
  • 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
  • Also they were scrubs—the dirty driftage of the fight game, without honor, without efficiency.

    The Night-Born | Jack London
  • Among the heaps of sea-weed there were sometimes small pieces of painted wood, bark, and other driftage.

British Dictionary definitions for driftage


/ (ˈdrɪftɪdʒ) /

  1. the act of drifting

  2. matter carried along or deposited by drifting

  1. the amount by which an aircraft or vessel has drifted from its intended course

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