Definition of Drifter

1. Noun. A wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support.

Exact synonyms: Floater, Vagabond, Vagrant
Specialized synonyms: Beachcomber, Sundowner, Bum, Hobo, Tramp
Generic synonyms: Have-not, Poor Person, Bird Of Passage, Roamer, Rover, Wanderer
Derivative terms: Drift, Vagabond, Vagabond, Vagrant

Definition of Drifter

1. Noun. (pejorative) A person who moves from place to place or job to job. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) A type of lightweight sail used in light winds like a spinnaker. ¹

3. Noun. (automotive) A driver that uses driving techniques to modify vehicle traction to cause a vehicle to slide or power slide rather than drive in line with the tires. ¹

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Definition of Drifter

1. one that drifts [n -S] - See also: drifts

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Drifter

drift motion
drift movements
drift net
drift off
drift pumping
drift space
drift spaces
drift surface
drift velocity
drift wave
drifter (current term)

Literary usage of Drifter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Dover Patrol 1915-1917 by Reginald Bacon (1919)
"The drifter Protect was lost in March 1917 in weighing ... One of these machines endeavoured to torpedo a drifter, by a torpedo dropped from below the body ..."

2. The Fisheries Exhibition Literature. by William Clowes and Sons (1884)
"any other means than cutting the warp of the drifter under Article 20, or even that he did not cut the drifter's " nets." If Article 20 had the words ..."

3. Bulletin by Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (1904)
"On the technical side the author said he thought some discussion might arise regarding the hand-held drill versus the drifter. The hand-held drill was an ..."

4. Legislative Document by New York (State). Legislature (1920)
"L. Wei™ drifter Club Unknown June 19. J. Williame drifter Club Oleno ... I. Weiss and J. Williams drifter Club Pasquale Polumbo July fl. ..."

5. The Sea-fishing Industry of England and Wales: A Popular Account of the Sea by Frederick George Aflalo (1904)
"In the ' Fish Trades Gazette,' (May 14, 1904) some account was given of the trial of a new and comparatively inexpensive form of steam- drifter. ..."

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