One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Carried slowly by a current of air or water.‘a drifting ocean liner’‘behind them rose the broken highlands crowned with drifting clouds’
- 1.1 Moving passively, aimlessly, or involuntarily.‘the drifting economy spells more trouble for the government's balance sheet’
- 1.2 Continually moving from place to place, without any fixed home or job.‘a play about a drifting teenager in Dublin’
- 1.1 Moving passively, aimlessly, or involuntarily.
2(especially of snow or leaves) blown into heaps by the wind.‘long stretches of drifting snow’
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