drift

{{11}}drift (n.) c.1300, lit. "a being driven" (of snow, etc.); not recorded in Old English; either a suffixed form of drive (v.) (Cf. thrift/thrive) or borrowed from O.N. drift "snow drift," or M.Du. drift "pasturage, drove, flock," both from P.Gmc. *driftiz (Cf. Dan., Swed. drift, Ger. Trift), from PIE root *dhreibh- "to drive, push" (see DRIVE (Cf. drive) (v.)). Sense of "what one is getting at" is from 1520s. Meaning "controlled slide of a sports car" attested by 1955.
{{12}}drift (v.) late 16c., from DRIFT (Cf. drift) (n.). Figurative sense of "be passive and listless" is from 1822. Related: Drifted; drifting.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Drift — may mean: Contents 1 Film and literature 2 Geography 3 Industry …   Wikipedia

  • Drift — Drift, n. [From {drive}; akin to LG. & D. drift a driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove, herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See {Drive}.] 1. A driving; a violent movement. [1913 Webster] The dragon drew him… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drift — [ drift ] n. m. • 1842; mot angl. ♦ Anglic. Géol. Dépôt laissé par le recul d un glacier. ● drift nom masculin (anglais drift, poussée) Transistor dans lequel la partie de la base en contact avec l émetteur est plus riche en électrons que le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • drift — drift·age; drift; drift·er; drift·ing·ly; drift·land; drift·less; drift·less·ness; drift·man; spin·drift; spoon·drift; …   English syllables

  • Drift — Drift, a. That causes drifting or that is drifted; movable by wind or currents; as, drift currents; drift ice; drift mud. Kane. [1913 Webster] {Drift anchor}. See {Sea anchor}, and also {Drag sail}, under {Drag}, n. {Drift epoch} (Geol.), the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drift — /drɪft / (say drift) noun 1. a driving movement or force; impulse; impetus; pressure. 2. Navigation movement or course under the impulse of water currents, wind, etc. 3. Physical Geography a broad and shallow current which advances at a rate of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • drift — [drɪft] verb [I] I 1) to be pushed along slowly by the movement of air or water The boat started to drift out to sea.[/ex] 2) to do something or happen in a way that is not planned I just drifted into nursing really.[/ex] 3) to move somewhere… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Drift — („Treiben“) bezeichnet: in ländlichen Gebieten einen Weg für den Viehtrieb in der Messtechnik einen sich kontinuierlich verändernden Messfehler in der Nachrichtentechnik eine langsame Änderung im Signalweg, siehe Drift (Nachrichtentechnik) in der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Drift — Sf durch Wind erzeugte Strömung; unkontrolliertes Treiben per. Wortschatz fach. (14. Jh.) Entlehnung. Ursprünglich niederdeutsches Seemannswort aus einem ti Abstraktum zu treiben, also Entsprechung zu nhd. Trift. Neuere Bedeutungen hängen in der… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • drift — [drift] n. [ME (akin to ON & MDu drift, OHG trift) < OE drifan, DRIVE] 1. an act or instance of being driven or carried along, as by a current of air or water or by circumstances 2. the course on which something is directed or driven 3. the… …   English World dictionary

  • drift — drȉft m <N mn drìftovi> DEFINICIJA 1. pom. bočno zanošenje broda (zbog vjetra, morske struje itd.) 2. geogr. morska struja koja nastaje pod stalnim naletima vjetra 3. pren. predmeti (podrtine broda, ledeni bregovi itd.) koji plutaju morem… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.