What is drift?

  • (noun): The gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane).
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on drift:

Drift, Cornwall
... Drift is a village on the A30 road in west Cornwall, United Kingdom ... called the 'The Sisters' or 'Higher Drift Menhirs' ... Drift Reservoir is immediately north of the village ...
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 ...
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 ... generated by 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 capacitance of the ...
SY Aurora's Drift - Drift - Release
... On 14 March Aurora finally cleared the pack, after a drift of 312 days covering 1,600 nautical miles (3,000 km) ...

More definitions of "drift":

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

Famous quotes containing the word drift:

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