- the flow or the speed in knots of an ocean current.
- the distance between the end of a rope and the part in use.
- the distance between two blocks in a tackle.
- the difference in diameter between two parts, one of which fits within the other, as a mast and its mast hoops, or a treenail and its hole.
- a gradual change in some operating characteristic of a circuit, tube, or other electronic device, either during a brief period as an effect of warming up or during a long period as an effect of continued use.
- the movement of charge carriers in a semiconductor due to the influence of an applied voltage.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to enlarge (a punched or drilled hole) with a drift.
- to align or straighten (holes, especially rivet holes) with a drift.
Origin of drift
Related formsdrift·ing·ly, adverbdrift·less, adjectivedrift·less·ness, nounun·drift·ing, adjective
Examples from the Web for drifting
Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.
It may also have left them somewhat untethered, drifting in between their own lives and the eternal mysteries.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I think I would be a drifting pixel in the online dating world right now.Patton Oswalt Sounds Off On Stand-Up’s Critics and Why Comedians Should Win Oscars|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the positions are drifting apart—and each has its costs and benefits.We’re Here, We’re Pro-Israel/Pro-Peace, We’re Used to It. Now What?|Jay Michaelson|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The air all around them was filled with a storm of leaves, billowing and drifting and soaring in the gusts.
And in Ireland they are drifting into great difficulties which may even break up the Cabinet.Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt|Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
Behind the boats—in the region whither we were drifting, every thing was dark as the grave.The Loss of the Australia|Adam Yule
The former, in order to get through, was running south; the latter was drifting north, ready to close up every passage.The English at the North Pole|Jules Verne
After a while you spied an old log canoe, drifting down the river, and the other boys waded out and got it.Marco Paul's Voyages and Travels; Vermont|Jacob Abbott
It was the old life again, the life that he knew and loved, drifting on from camp to camp with every man his friend.Silver and Gold|Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for drifting
verb (mainly intr)
Derived Formsdrifty, adjective
Word Origin for drift
Medicine definitions for drifting
Idioms and Phrases with drifting
see get the drift.