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[uh-drift] /əˈdrɪft/
adjective, adverb
floating without control; drifting; not anchored or moored:
The survivors were adrift in the rowboat for three days.
lacking aim, direction, or stability.
Origin of adrift
1615-25; a-1 + drift Unabridged
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  • The first clue that organic molecules were adrift in space began as a puzzle in itself.
  • She was adrift on an ocean whose immenseness she could not begin to grasp.
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  • Perhaps new, non-confrontational forms of moral community will arise to meet the needs of lost souls adrift in our cities.
  • He always seems adrift, looking for a paddle, a little desperation creeping into the performance.
  • They claim that environmental groups are politically adrift and dreadfully out of touch.
  • Still, a handful of reef tourists have found themselves adrift since then.
  • The people were adrift for four days without food and water.
  • Without fundamental value, one is set adrift in a sea of random short-term price movements and gut feelings.
  • Most, however, found themselves adrift and woefully unprepared to shape new lives.
British Dictionary definitions for adrift


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
floating without steering or mooring; drifting
without purpose; aimless
(informal) off course or amiss: the project went adrift
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Word Origin and History for adrift

1620s, from a- (1) "on" + drift. Figurative use by 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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