- 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
Antara’s most significant production is an endless series of portraits of the same face sketched hastily, day after day, month after month, a record of emotional dedication and visual drift.‘Burnt Sugar,’ a challenging Booker Prize finalist, is hard to take, but harder to shake off|Ron Charles|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
Drury is also the author of Hunts in Dreams, The Driftless Area, and The Black Brook.
The aurora was always with us, and almost without exception could be seen on a dark, driftless night.
The old, old earth is glad to turn from the cark and care of driftless centuries to the first sweet blades of green.The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies
Thus the driftless area is in strong contrast with the immature drift topography about it, where lakes and waterfalls are common.The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
It was a grand sight to witness the sea in a hurricane on a driftless, clear day.
"Two driftless spirits on the driftless sea of eternity," he replied calmly.Under the Witches' Moon|Nathan Gallizier
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.