be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"
move in an unhurried fashion; "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
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"
live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school"
vary or move from a fixed point or course; "stock prices are drifting higher"
a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine; "they dug a drift parallel with the vein"
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