AskDefine | Define drifting

Dictionary Definition

drifting adj
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

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Having the property of moving aimlessly or at the mercy of external forces.
    The drifting seaweed went where ever the currents pushed it.


Verb form

  1. present participle of drift

Extensive Definition

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:
In geography (In South Africa, drift is a synonym for ford):
In culture:
See also:
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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