the pervading meaning or tenor; "caught the general drift of the conversation"
a general tendency to change (as of opinion); "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"
a large mass of material that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents
a force that moves something along
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
be subject to fluctuation; "The stock market drifted upward"
a process of linguistic change over a period of time
drive slowly and far afield for grazing; "drift the cattle herds westwards"
cause to be carried by a current; "drift the boats downstream"
move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employmen
to make a mistake or be incorrect
wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"
move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"
a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned; "street children beg or steal in order to survive"