Synonyms of 'drift'
to be carried along by currents of air or waterWe proceeded to drift along the river.
barges floating quietly by the grassy river banks
go (aimlessly), ,
I slipped into neutral gear and coasted down the slope.
We got into the lift and sailed to the top floor.
She slipped and slid downhill on her backside.
Waiters glide between tightly packed tables.
The scent of roses wafted through the open window.
be carried along,
to move aimlessly from one place or activity to anotherPeople drifted around the room.
He wandered aimlessly around the garden.
We strolled back, put the kettle on and settled down.
A railway line crosses the park so children must not be allowed to stray.
They were encouraged not to let their cattle roam freely.
We meandered along the Irish country roads.
roving about the town in the dead of night
They range widely in search of carrion.
They came straggling up the cliff road.
stravaig (Scottish, Northern England, dialect),
to wander away from a fixed course or pointI let my attention drift.
(of snow) to pile up in heapsThe snow, except where it drifted, was only calf-deep.
a general movement or developmentthe drift towards the cities
something piled up by the wind or current, as a snowdriftA boy was trapped in a snow drift.
the main point of an argument or speechShe was beginning to get his drift.
I became more aware of the symbols and their meanings.
You have missed the main point of my argument.
He related the gist of his conversation to us.
a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
I have already spoken about the import of his speech.
She announced her intention of standing for parliament.
The implication was obvious: vote for us or you'll be sorry.
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
The main thrust of the film is its examination of religious values.
The whole tenor of discussions has changed.
The purport of his speech was obvious.
4 (noun) their fears at what they see as a drift towards economic chaos
a trend towards part-time employment
In the course of the 1930s steel production in Britain approximately doubled.
A strong current of nationalism is running through the country.
watching the quiet flow of the olive-green water
A rush of affection swept over him.
See drift off
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in the sense of accumulate
to gather together in an increasing quantity
Lead can accumulate in the body until toxic levels are reached.
in the sense of accumulation
something that has been collected
accumulations of dirt
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