Drift, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Drifting.]
1. To float or be driven along by, or as by, a current of water or air; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore; the balloon drifts slowly east.
We drifted o'er the harbor bar. -- Coleridge.
2. To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts.
3. mining to make a drift; to examine a vein or ledge for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of metals or ores; to follow a vein; to prospect. [U.S.]
adj 1: continually changing especially as from one abode or
occupation to another; "a drifting double-dealer";
"the floating population"; "vagrant hippies of the
sixties" [syn: aimless, floating, vagabond, vagrant]
2: afloat on the surface of a body of water; "after the storm
the boats were adrift" [syn: adrift(p), drifting(a)]
n : aimless wandering from place to place