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Adjective: drifting  drif-ting
  1. Continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
    "a drifting double-dealer";
    - aimless, floating, vagabond, vagrant
Noun: drifting  drif-ting
  1. Aimless wandering from place to place
Verb: drift  drift
  1. Be in motion due to some air or water current
    "the boat drifted on the lake"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore";
    - float, be adrift, blow
     
  2. Wander from a direct course or at random
    "don't drift from the set course";
    - stray, err
     
  3. Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
    "the labourers drift from one town to the next";
    - roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, vagabond
     
  4. Vary or move from a fixed point or course
    "stock prices are drifting higher"
     
  5. Live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely
    "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school";
    - freewheel
     
  6. Move in an unhurried fashion
    "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
     
  7. Cause to be carried by a current
    "drift the boats downstream"
     
  8. Drive slowly and far afield for grazing
    "drift the cattle herds westwards"
     
  9. Be subject to fluctuation
    "The stock market drifted upward"
     
  10. Be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
    "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"

Derived forms: driftings

See also: unsettled

Type of: accumulate, amass, change, circulate, conglomerate, crop, cumulate, exist, float, gather, go, graze, live, locomote, move, pasture, pile up, roving, subsist, survive, travel, vagabondage, vary, wandering

Encyclopedia: Drifting

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