Definition of Adrift

1. Adjective. Aimlessly drifting.

Exact synonyms: Afloat, Aimless, Directionless, Planless, Rudderless, Undirected
Similar to: Purposeless
Derivative terms: Aimlessness



2. Adverb. Floating freely; not anchored. "The boat wasset adrift"

3. Adjective. Afloat on the surface of a body of water. "After the storm the boats were adrift"
Similar to: Afloat

4. Adverb. Off course, wandering aimlessly. "There was a search for beauty that had somehow gone adrift"

Definition of Adrift

1. adv. & a. Floating at random; in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. Also fig.

Definition of Adrift

1. Adjective. Floating at random. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a seaman) Absent from his watch. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: chiefly UK often with ''of'') Behind one's opponents, or below a required threshold in terms of score, number or position. ¹

4. Adverb. In a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Adrift

1. drifting [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Adrift

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adrift (current term)
adrift(p)
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Literary usage of Adrift

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1. History of the Northwest Coast by Hubert Howe Bancroft, Henry Lebbeus Oak (1886)
"In the Polynesian are mentioned three Japanese picked up near the mouth of the Columbia in 1829, and a junk adrift in 1846, not catalogued by Brooks. ..."

2. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1891)
"a boat is set adrift and collides with another the owner is in fault.1 But where the fastenings of a vessel are broken by inevitable accident each party ..."

3. The Code of Virginia: With the Declaration of Independence and Constitution by Virginia (1849)
"I -i ray or boat adrift taken up, to be „" > valued and valuation returned to SEC. ... Р.445,еь. or a boat or vessel adrift. He shall immediately inform a ..."

4. Arctic Experiences: Containing Capt. George E. Tyson's Wonderful Drift on by Euphemia Vale Blake (1874)
"First Night adrift.— Snowed under.—Roll-call on the Ice-floe. ... Lose Sight of the Sun.—The Dogs follow the Food. "adrift, Oct., 1872. ..."

5. History of the Pacific States of North America by Hubert Howe Bancroft, William Nemos, Henry Lebbeus Oak, Frances Fuller Victor, Alfred Bates (1884)
"In the Polynesian are mentioned three Japanese picked up near the mouth of the Columbia in 1829, and a junk adrift in 1840, not catalogued by Brooks. ..."

6. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1916)
"Feebleminded adrift There are about 15000 feeble-minded in Massachusetts, of whom 3000 are now receiving State care, according to the League for Preventive ..."

7. The Law of General Average by Richard Lowndes, Edward Louis De Hart, George Rupert Rudolf, William Robertson Coe (1912)
"Boat or spars If a boat has been washed to leeward in a gale, and w»ahed adrift. . , . is thereby rendered dangerous to the ship ..."

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