Drift 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. [1913 Webster]

We drifted o'er the harbor bar. -- Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

2. To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts. [1913 Webster]

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.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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