Definition of Be adrift

1. Verb. Be in motion due to some air or water current. "The shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore"

Exact synonyms: Blow, Drift, Float
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Related verbs: Float, Drift
Specialized synonyms: Waft, Tide, Stream
Derivative terms: Blow, Drift

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Be Adrift

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be-all and end-all
be a man
be able to
be active
be adrift (current term)
be after
be all and end all
be all ears
be along
be amiss
be around
be as silent as the grave
be at pains
be born
be born yesterday
be bothered
be called
be careful what you wish for
be cruel to be kind

Literary usage of Be adrift

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

1. All the Year Round by Charles Dickens (1882)
"But he would be married soon, perhaps, and then she would be adrift on the world. But adrift ! No, there was no chance of that. Surely there was one heart ..."

2. Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionary by James Curtis Hepburn (1873)
"To flow ; to move, pass, or run as a fluid ; to be adrift, or carried by the current ; to be forfeited, as a pawn ; to miscarry, to stray. ..."

3. The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte by Auguste Comte, Frederic Harrison (1896)
"The supreme dread of every one who cares for the good of nation or race is that men should be adrift for want of an anchorage for their convictions. ..."

4. A manual of yacht and boat sailing by Dixon Kemp (1880)
"Also a vessel is Raid to be adrift when she breaks away from her moorings, warps, &e. The term is also applied to loose spars rolling about the deck; ..."

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