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Drift

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[n] (mining) a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine; "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"
[n] general meaning or tenor; "caught the drift of the conversation"
[n] a general tendency to change (as of opinion); "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"
[n] something heaped up by the wind or current
[n] a force that moves something along
[n] the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
[n] a process of linguistic change over a period of time
[v] be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
[v] be subject to fluctuation; "The stock market drifted upward"
[v] drive slowly and far afield for grazing; "drift the cattle herds westwards"
[v] cause to be carried by a current; "drift the boats downstream"
[v] move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"
[v] be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
[v] move in an unhurried fashion; "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
[v] wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"
[v] live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"
[v] vary or move from a fixed point or course; "stock prices are drifting higher"

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