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      n   a large fishing net supported by floats or attached to a drifter that is allowed to drift with the tide or current  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
      vb   mainly intr  
1    also tr   to be carried along by or as if by currents of air or water or (of a current) to carry (a vessel, etc.) along  
2    to move aimlessly from place to place or from one activity to another  
3    to wander or move gradually away from a fixed course or point; stray  
4    also tr   (of snow, sand, etc.) to accumulate in heaps or banks or to drive (snow, sand, etc.) into heaps or banks  
5    something piled up by the wind or current, such as a snowdrift  
6    tendency, trend, meaning, or purport  
the drift of the argument     
7    a state of indecision or inaction  
8    the extent to which a vessel, aircraft, projectile, etc. is driven off its course by adverse winds, tide, or current  
9    a general tendency of surface ocean water to flow in the direction of the prevailing winds  
North Atlantic Drift     
10    a driving movement, force, or influence; impulse  
11    a controlled four-wheel skid, used by racing drivers to take bends at high speed  
12    a loose unstratified deposit of sand, gravel, etc., esp. one transported and deposited by a glacier or ice sheet  
13    a horizontal passage in a mine that follows the mineral vein  
14    something, esp. a group of animals, driven along by human or natural agencies  
a drift of cattle     
15      (Also called)    driftpin   a tapering steel tool driven into holes to enlarge or align them before bolting or riveting  
16    an uncontrolled slow change in some operating characteristic of a piece of equipment, esp. an electronic circuit or component  
17      (Linguistics)   gradual change in a language, esp. in so far as this is influenced by the internal structure of the language rather than by contact with other languages  
18      (S. African)   a ford  
19      (Engineering)   a copper or brass bar used as a punch  
     (C13: from Old Norse: snowdrift; related to Old High German trift pasturage)  
  drifty      adj  

continental drift  
      n     (Geology)   the theory that the earth's continents move gradually over the surface of the planet on a substratum of magma. The present-day configuration of the continents is thought to be the result of the fragmentation of a single landmass, Pangaea, that existed 200 million years ago  
   See also       plate tectonics  
drift anchor  
      n      another term for       sea anchor  
drift ice  
      n   masses of ice floating in the open sea  
drift net  
      n   a large fishing net supported by floats or attached to a drifter that is allowed to drift with the tide or current  
drift transistor  
      n   a transistor in which the impurity concentration in the base increases from the collector-base junction to the emitter-base junction, producing a resistivity gradient that greatly increases its high-frequency response  
drift tube  
      n     (Physics)   a hollow cylindrical electrode to which a radio-frequency voltage is applied in a linear accelerator  
longshore drift  
      n   the process whereby beach material is gradually shifted laterally as a result of waves meeting the shore at an oblique angle  
North Atlantic Drift   , Current  
      n   the warm ocean current flowing northeast, under the influence of prevailing winds, from the Gulf of Mexico towards NW Europe and warming its climate,   (Also called)    Gulf Stream  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    be carried along, coast, float, go (aimlessly), meander, stray, waft, wander  
2    accumulate, amass, bank up, drive, gather, pile up  
3    accumulation, bank, heap, mass, mound, pile  
4    course, current, direction, flow, impulse, movement, rush, sweep, trend  
5      (figurative)   aim, design, direction, gist, implication, import, intention, meaning, object, purport, scope, significance, tendency, tenor, thrust  

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