- 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 driftless
In the driftless area the average value per acre in 1910 was less than $24, while in the glaciated area it was nearly $64.
With these residuary soils of the driftless area, the mantle rock of glaciated tracts is in sharp contrast.
The driftless tract enclosed by the arms of this loop is lower than the drift ridge on either hand.
A comparison of otherwise similar counties lying within and without the driftless area shows an astonishing contrast.
The ice, for some reason, failed to cover this driftless area though it overwhelmed the territory on all sides.
British Dictionary definitions for driftless
verb (mainly intr)
Derived Formsdrifty, adjective
Word Origin for drift
Medicine definitions for driftless
Idioms and Phrases with driftless
see get the drift.