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drift

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1 a pile or ridge of granular matter (as sand or snow)

  • deep drifts of snow blocked our driveway
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2 a prevailing or general movement or inclination

  • the steady drift of the population away from large cities
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3 the idea that is conveyed or intended to be conveyed to the mind by language, symbol, or action

  • you should expect a visit from the stork, if you get my drift
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tendency, trend, drift, tenor, current mean movement in a particular direction. tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force.
    • a general tendency toward inflation
trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course.
    • the long-term trend of the stock market is upward
drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces
    • the drift of the population away from large cities
or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse.
    • got the drift of her argument
tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course.
    • the tenor of the times
current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course.
    • an encounter that changed the current of my life

drift

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1 to move or proceed smoothly and readily

  • casual conversation drifting from one topic to another
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2 to rest or move along the surface of a liquid or in the air

  • the boat drifted along on the current
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3 to move about from place to place aimlessly

  • spent several years drifting from town to town, picking up odd jobs whenever he needed cash
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