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drift / drift/ • v. [intr.] 1. be carried slowly by a current of air or water: the cabin cruiser started to drift downstream | fig. excited voices drifted down the hall. ∎  (of a person) walk slowly, aimlessly, or casually: people began to drift away. ∎  move passively, aimlessly, or involuntarily into a certain situation or condition: I was drifting off to sleep | Lewis and his father drifted apart. ∎  (of a person or their attention) digress or stray to another subject: I noticed my audience's attention drifting.2. (esp. of snow or leaves) be blown into heaps by the wind: fallen leaves start to drift in the gutters | [as adj.] (drifting) drifting snow. • n. 1. [in sing.] a continuous slow movement from one place to another: there was a drift to the towns. ∎  the deviation of a vessel, aircraft, or projectile from its intended or expected course as the result of currents or winds: the pilot had not noticed any appreciable drift. ∎  a steady movement or development from one thing toward another, esp. one that is perceived as unwelcome: the drift toward a more repressive style of policing. ∎  a state of inaction or indecision: after so much drift, any expression of enthusiasm is welcome.2. [in sing.] the general intention or meaning of an argument or someone's remarks: he didn't understand much Greek, but he got her drift.3. a large mass of snow, leaves, or other material piled up or carried along by the wind. ∎  Geol. glacial and fluvioglacial deposits left by retreating ice sheets. ∎  a large mass of flowering plants growing together: a drift of daffodils.4. Mining a horizontal or inclined passage following a mineral vein or coal seam.DERIVATIVES: drift·y adj.

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1. Any sediment laid down by, or in association with, the activity of glacial ice. The term is often widened to include related submarine and lacustrine deposits. The British Geological Survey has used it to refer to all superficial (i.e. draft) deposits. It was introduced by C. Lyell (1797–1875), who suggested that glacial deposits were laid down by melting icebergs which drifted across an ice-age sea covering Britain. This old term is now largely superseded by more recent classifications.

2. (Instrumental) The change in the output of a recording device due to internal factors. Systematic drift can be compensated for by repeat readings at a base station.

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a number of animals driven or moving along in a body; a mass of matter driven forward. See also creaght, drive.

Examples: drift of anglers; of bees; of birds; of cattle, 1613; of dust, 1725; of fishersBk. of St. Albans, 1486; of fishing nets, 1834; of gold, 1645; of hogs; of ice; of lace, 1889; of leaves of trees, 1600; of men, 1450; of oxen, 1552; of piles, 1721; of quailes, 1613; of rain, 1300; of sand, 1634; of sheep, 1816; of smoke, 1842; of snow, 1300; of swans; of swine [tame]Bk. of St. Albans, 1486; of wood [floating in the sea], 1627.

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drift The British Geological Survey has used this term to refer to all superficial (i.e. drift) deposits (see drift map). Sometimes the term has been used to describe any sediment laid down by, or in association with, the activity of glacial ice and it is often widened to include related submarine and lacustrine deposits. The word was introduced by C. Lyell (1797–1875), who suggested that glacial deposits were laid down by melting icebergs which drifted across an ice-age sea covering Britain. This old term is now largely superseded by more recent classifications.

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Drift ★★ 2000

Angsty relationship drama concerns Ryan (Lee) who's working in an L.A. coffee shop as he tries to become a screenwriter. He's living with Joel (Dayne) but that situation becomes tenuous when Ryan meets young college student Leo (Roessler) and begins to wonder what would happen if he left Joel to pursue this new relationship. Three talky scenarios are offered. 86m/C DVD . CA R. T. Lee, Greyson Dayne, Jonathon Roessler; D: Quentin Lee; W: Quentin Lee; C: Quentin Lee; M: Steven Panoto.

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drift driving or driven snow XIII; driving or being driven XIV; (dial.) drove XV; course, direction; meaning, tenor XVI. orig. — ON. drift snowdrift, drifting snow; later — (M)Du. drift drove, course, current, impulse, impetuous action; f. base of DRIVE; see -T 1.

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drift. Thrust or outward pressure of an arch or vault requiring the counter-thrust of a buttress.

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drift See GENETIC DRIFT.