drifty

[drif-tee]
adjective, driftier, driftiest.
of the nature of or characterized by drifts.

Origin:
1565–75; drift + -y1

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drift (drɪft)
 
vb
1.  (also tr) to be carried along by or as if by currents of air or water or (of a current) to carry (a vessel, etc) along
2.  to move aimlessly from place to place or from one activity to another
3.  to wander or move gradually away from a fixed course or point; stray
4.  (also tr) (of snow, sand, etc) to accumulate in heaps or banks or to drive (snow, sand, etc) into heaps or banks
 
n
5.  something piled up by the wind or current, such as a snowdrift
6.  tendency, trend, meaning, or purport: the drift of the argument
7.  a state of indecision or inaction
8.  the extent to which a vessel, aircraft, projectile, etc is driven off its course by adverse winds, tide, or current
9.  a general tendency of surface ocean water to flow in the direction of the prevailing winds: North Atlantic Drift
10.  a driving movement, force, or influence; impulse
11.  a controlled four-wheel skid, used by racing drivers to take bends at high speed
12.  a loose unstratified deposit of sand, gravel, etc, esp one transported and deposited by a glacier or ice sheet
13.  a horizontal passage in a mine that follows the mineral vein
14.  something, esp a group of animals, driven along by human or natural agencies: a drift of cattle
15.  Also called: driftpin a tapering steel tool driven into holes to enlarge or align them before bolting or riveting
16.  an uncontrolled slow change in some operating characteristic of a piece of equipment, esp an electronic circuit or component
17.  linguistics gradual change in a language, esp in so far as this is influenced by the internal structure of the language rather than by contact with other languages
18.  (South African) a ford
19.  engineering a copper or brass bar used as a punch
 
[C13: from Old Norse: snowdrift; related to Old High German trift pasturage]
 
'drifty
 
adj

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