- 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.
- Also called driftpin. a round, tapering piece of steel for enlarging holes in metal, or for bringing holes in line to receive rivets or bolts.
- a flat, tapered piece of steel used to drive tools with tapered shanks, as drill bits, from their holders.
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.
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Origin of drift
synonym study for drift
OTHER WORDS FROM driftdrift·ing·ly, adverbdriftless, adjectivedrift·less·ness, nounun·drift·ing, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for drift
If she was right, the valley might be a rift where molten material came up from below, forming new crust and pushing the ocean floor apart — evidence that could support continental drift.Marie Tharp’s groundbreaking maps brought the seafloor to the world|Betsy Mason|January 13, 2021|Science News
Holmes admitted he had no data to back up the idea, and the geology community remained largely unconvinced of continental drift.How the Earth-shaking theory of plate tectonics was born|Carolyn Gramling|January 13, 2021|Science News
The move highlights the increasing dominance of conservative punditry at a network that positioned itself at its founding as a “fair and balanced” alternative to what it saw as a liberal drift in other media.
Because wind can build drifts of deep snow over holes, effectively hiding them from view, using a pole as a probe to detect divots can be a lifesaver in deep and uneven snowpack.How to build snowshoes on the fly—and 4 other tips for surviving deep snow|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|January 5, 2021|Popular Science
Residents continue to complain of drift from aerial spraying and heavy sediment pollution into Nehalem Bay, home to clams, Dungeness crab and runs of chinook and coho salmon.Timber Tax Cuts Cost Oregon Towns Billions. Then Polluted Water Drove Up the Price.|by Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive|January 1, 2021|ProPublica
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
In this valley so far away from Syria, questions loom like mist drifting off the Caucasus.
Tokyo Bay is “a black expanse where gulls wheeled above drifting shoals of white Styrofoam.”American Dreams: Did William Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’ Blueprint Our Reality?|Nathaniel Rich|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The life of the club owner was something Leonard left behind, the noise and violence drifting into lore.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Something came up between me and Lyn—and I drifted, and kept drifting.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
To-morrow—a crippled veteran, and after that a pensioner drifting fast into a garrulous dotage.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
As there was not now a breath of wind, we were entirely at the mercy of the stream, and began drifting back.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
A sheet of rain came drifting across the lake toward the hillock on which the house stood.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
We were now drifting to the South by East through a wide channel, sounding in between fifty and sixty fathoms, rocky bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for drift
verb (mainly intr)
Derived forms of driftdrifty, adjective
Word Origin for drift
Medical definitions for drift
Idioms and Phrases with drift
see get the drift.