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Adjective
Moving aimlessly or at the mercy of external forces
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“The lights above glared down on them all, a rack of suns illuminating a drifting fleet of ships.”
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Without a specific purpose, direction, or guidance
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Buoyant in water
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Without a specific purpose, meaning or goal
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Tending to ramble or stray from the main subject in speech or writing
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Lacking direction
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Moving or able to move through the air
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Being, or having been, transported
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Leisurely or aimless lounging, drifting, or loafing
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(rhetoric) A digression, or an act of straying from the main subject or theme
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The act or state of wandering about without any fixed home or dwelling
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A departure from one place to another, especially from one's homeland
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Leisurely drifting, loafing or resting without intent or purpose
Verb
(literally or figuratively) Present participle for to move or proceed with a given movement or momentum
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“To do so would be to drift toward an encyclopaedic enumeration of detail which would never amount to theorization.”
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Present participle for to move away from a fixed point or place
“The revelers would then drift off to enjoy the happy, hippy vibe of the summer day.”
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Present participle for to change the emphasis, direction, or focus of
“After some back and forth, the topic would curiously drift to something else altogether.”
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Present participle for to aimlessly move or drift from place to place
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“It seems pretty self-evident that people would drift around until they found someone who spoke their own language.”
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(literally or figuratively) Present participle for to deviate gently from an intended direction or course
“You risk getting lost in the wilderness if you drift too far from the walking trail.”
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Present participle for to accumulate, especially through natural forces
“Snow would drift back as fast as any amount of digging could clear it.”
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Present participle for to move along on the surface of a liquid or in the air
“Planktons is a collective term for a variety of marine and fish water organisms that drift on the ocean or in bodies of freshwater.”
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Present participle for to rise or float into the air
“Then it would drift upwards in one piece, like a ghost on an air current, ready to sail off.”
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Present participle for to spend one's time in an aimless, idle way
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Present participle for to migrate to another country
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Present participle for to move somewhere in a slow and steady way
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Present participle for to stray or lose one's way
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(of liquid) Present participle for to flow from
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Present participle for to talk or express oneself in a rambling manner
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Present participle for to move or cause to move in a rhythmic, flapping motion
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Present participle for to move or glide through the air
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(nod off) Present participle for to fall asleep
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Present participle for to decline or deteriorate, especially gradually
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Present participle for to move through the water in a boat using a paddle or paddles
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