the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)
a process of linguistic change over a period of time
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current; "snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
be subject to fluctuation; "The stock market drifted upward"
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 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" Synonyms: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, vagabond,
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" Synonyms: float, be adrift, blow,
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" Synonyms: stray, err,
live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely; "My son drifted around for years in California before going to law school" Synonyms: freewheel,
vary or move from a fixed point or course; "stock prices are drifting higher"