What is drift?

  • (verb): Be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current.
    Example: "Snow drifting several feet high"; "sand drifting like snow"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on drift:

Silicon Drift Detector - Working Principle
... Like other solid state X-ray detectors, silicon drift detectors measure the energy of an incoming photon by the amount of ionization it produces in the detector material ... a series of ring electrodes that causes charge carriers to 'drift' to a small collection electrode ... The 'drift' concept of the SDD (which was imported from particle physics) allows significantly higher count rates coupled with a very low ...
Lead (sea Ice) - Lead Formation
... Otherwise, it is called drift ice and is free to move with currents and winds ... This is why leads typically belong to the drift ice zone ... Depending on the state of stress within the drift zone, leads may also close up ...
Convection–diffusion Equation - In Semiconductor Physics
... In semiconductor physics, this equation is called the drift–diffusion equation ... The word "drift" is related to drift current and drift velocity ...
SY Aurora's Drift - Drift - Release
... Aurora finally cleared the pack, after a drift of 312 days covering 1,600 nautical miles (3,000 km) ...
Drift, Cornwall
... Drift is a village on the A30 road in west Cornwall, United Kingdom ... is a pair of standing megaliths called the 'The Sisters' or 'Higher Drift Menhirs' ... Drift Reservoir is immediately north of the village ...

More definitions of "drift":

  • (noun): Something that is heaped up by the wind or by water currents.
  • (verb): Live unhurriedly, irresponsibly, or freely.
    Synonyms: freewheel
  • (noun): A horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine.
    Example: "They dug a drift parallel with the vein"
    Synonyms: heading, gallery
  • (noun): A process of linguistic change over a period of time.
  • (verb): Wander from a direct course or at random.
    Example: "Don't drift from the set course"
    Synonyms: stray, err
  • (verb): Move in an unhurried fashion.
    Example: "The unknown young man drifted among the invited guests"
  • (noun): General meaning or tenor.
    Example: "Caught the drift of the conversation"
    Synonyms: purport
  • (noun): The gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane).
  • (noun): A general tendency to change (as of opinion).
    Synonyms: trend, movement
  • (verb): Vary or move from a fixed point or course.
    Example: "Stock prices are drifting higher"
  • (verb): Drive slowly and far afield for grazing.
    Example: "Drift the cattle herds westwards"
  • (verb): Cause to be carried by a current.
    Example: "Drift the boats downstream"
  • (verb): Be subject to fluctuation.
    Example: "The stock market drifted upward"

Famous quotes containing the word drift:

    But now they drift on the still water,
    Mysterious, beautiful;
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    To drift with every passion till my soul
    Is a stringed lute on which all winds can play,
    Is it for this that I have given away
    Mine ancient wisdom, and austere control?
    Methinks my life is a twice-written scroll
    Scrawled over on some boyish holiday
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)