1 continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer"; "the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the sixties" [syn: aimless, floating, vagabond, vagrant]
2 afloat on the surface of a body of water; "after the storm the boats were adrift" [syn: adrift(p), drifting(a)] n : aimless wandering from place to place
- Having the property of moving aimlessly or at the mercy of
- The drifting seaweed went where ever the currents pushed it.
- Finnish: ajelehtiva
- present participle of drift
Drift is a slow change and may refer specifically to:
In the literal sense of a change in position of a body:
- Drifting (motorsport), which is a sport where drivers intentionally induce oversteer, to be judged on their technique.
- Drift (railroad), which in railroading is the cutting off of power and using inertia alone to maintain forward movement.
- The condition where a motor vehicle's rear wheels slip at a greater angle than the front wheels; see oversteer.
- Intentional use of oversteer for faster cornering in low road surface traction conditions; see Opposite lock
- Ice drift: drift of sea ice
- Snow drift: a deposit of snow created by the wind
In science and technology:
- Drift (linguistics): the variation of speech.
- Drift (telecommunication): the slow long-term variation of an attribute or value of a system or device.
- In plasma physics, drift is the motion of the guiding center of a particle.
- Drift mining: a nearly horizontal underground tunnel.
- Drift (geology): Organic or inorganic debris transported and deposited by or from ice, especially by or from a glacier.
- Genetic drift: mechanism of evolution that change the characteristics of species over time.
- Clock drift: a phenomenon where a clock does not run in the exact right speed compared to another clock.
- Drift (fluid mechanics): the permanent displacement of fluid particles in an inviscid fluid owing to their kinematic motion when a body passes through it.
- Continental drift
- A Punch (engineering) used to align parts
In geography (In South Africa, drift is a synonym for ford):
- Pont Drift on the Limpopo River on the road between South Africa and Botswana.
- Rorke's Drift, which is the site of 1879 battle between British and Zulu forces.
- Mostert's Drift, near Jonkershoek, on the Eerste River at Stellenbosch.
- Muldersdrift, near Johannesburg on the road between Krugersdorp and Pretoria.
- Velddrif, which is a town on the west coast Bergrivier Local Municipality.
- Xuka Drift on the upper reaches of the Mbashe River near Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape.
- Drift, Cornwall: a village – Drift Reservoir is nearby
- Drift (album) is the fifth album by Flotsam and Jetsam.
- Drift (Doctor Who), a Doctor Who novel.
- Drift (2000 film), a Canadian film written and directed by Quentin Lee.
- Drift series, an ongoing series of Japanese film written and directed by Futoshi Jinno, debuting in 2006
- Drifting (film), a 1923 film directed by Tod Browning
drifting in Czech: Drift
drifting in German: Drift
drifting in Spanish: Deriva
drifting in Korean: 드리프트
drifting in Dutch: Drift
drifting in Japanese: ドリフト
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