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.

1615–25; a-1 + drift Unabridged
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adrift (əˈdrɪft)
adj, —adv
1.  floating without steering or mooring; drifting
2.  without purpose; aimless
3.  informal off course or amiss: the project went adrift

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Word Origin & History

1620s, from a- (1) "on" + drift (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The first clue that organic molecules were adrift in space began as a puzzle in itself.
He always seems adrift, looking for a paddle, a little desperation creeping into the performance.
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.
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