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a·drift

 (ə-drĭft′)
adv. & adj.
1. Drifting or floating freely; not anchored.
2. Without direction or purpose: "The report is about people in their twenties and how alienated and adrift they feel" (Tom Shales).

adrift

(əˈdrɪft)
adj, adv (postpositive)
1. (Nautical Terms) floating without steering or mooring; drifting
2. without purpose; aimless
3. informal off course or amiss: the project went adrift.

a•drift

(əˈdrɪft)

adj., adv.
1. floating without control; drifting; not anchored or moored.
2. without aim, direction, or stability.
[1615–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.adrift - aimlessly driftingadrift - aimlessly drifting      
purposeless - not evidencing any purpose or goal
2.adrift - afloat on the surface of a body of wateradrift - afloat on the surface of a body of water; "after the storm the boats were adrift"
afloat - borne on the water; floating
Adv.1.adrift - floating freely; not anchored; "the boat wasset adrift"
2.adrift - off course, wandering aimlessly; "there was a search for beauty that had somehow gone adrift"

adrift

adjective
1. drifting, afloat, cast off, unmoored, aweigh, unanchored They were spotted adrift in a dinghy.
2. aimless, goalless, directionless, purposeless She had the growing sense that she was adrift and isolated.
3. free, separate, divided, loose, severed, loosened, disconnected, unconnected, disjoined Three panels had come adrift from the base of the vehicle.
adverb
1. wrong, astray, off course, amiss, off target, wide of the mark They are trying to place the blame for a policy that has gone adrift.
Translations
طَافِ، تَحْت رَحْمَة الرِّيَاح
unášený
drivendei drift
hányódó
stjórnlaus, á reki
nešamas
bez mērķa vai virzienaviļņu varā
unášaný

adrift

[əˈdrɪft] ADV
1. (esp Naut) → a la deriva
to be cast adrift (lit) (accidentally) → irse a la deriva; (deliberately) (also fig) → ser arrojado a la deriva
to come adrift [boat] → soltarse, irse a la deriva; [wire, rope] → soltarse, desprenderse
to be cut adriftser soltado a la deriva
to be set adriftser dejado a la deriva
2. (= directionless) → perdido
she felt adrift and isolatedse sentía perdida y aislada
3. (= awry) profits can be as much as £5m adriftlos beneficios pueden estar hasta 5 millones de libras por debajo de lo esperado
to go adrift [plan, scheme] → fallar, irse al garete
4. (Sport) to be five points/seconds adrift ofestar a cinco puntos/segundos de, ir cinco puntos/segundos a la zaga de

adrift

[əˈdrɪft]
adv
(in boat)à la dérive
to set adrift [+ boat, crew] → mettre à la dérive
(= loose) to come adrift [wire, rope, fastening etc] → se détacher
to go adrift [plan] → faire naufrage
adj
(= floating free) [person, boat] → à la dérive
They spent three hours adrift in a dinghy
BUT Ils ont passé trois heures à dériver à bord d'un canot.
(= at a loss) [person] → à la dérive

adrift

adv adj pred
(Naut) → treibend; to be adrifttreiben; to go adrift (lit)sich losmachen or loslösen; (= go awry:) plan, schemeschiefgehen; to set or cut a boat adriftein Boot losmachen
(fig) to come adrift (wire, hair etc)sich lösen; (plans, scheme)fehlschlagen; (theory)zusammenbrechen; we are adrift on the sea of lifewir treiben dahin auf dem Meer des Lebens; he wandered through the city, lost and adrift(ziellos und) verloren irrte er in der Stadt umher; you’re all adrift (inf)da liegst du völlig verkehrt or falsch; after a month’s philosophy I felt all adriftnach einem Monat Philosophie war ich vollkommen durcheinander; to cast or turn somebody adriftjdn auf die Straße setzen
(Sport) to be 15 points/seconds adrift15 Punkte/Sekunden zurückliegen

adrift

[əˈdrɪft] adv (esp Naut) → alla deriva
to come adrift (wire, rope) → essersi staccato/a or sciolto/a

adrift

(əˈdrift) adjective, adverb
drifting. adrift on the open sea.
References in classic literature ?
replied the horse, 'justice and avarice never dwell in one house; my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years, and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift, and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again; what chance can I have of that?
Once satisfied that they were unarmed, she set them to work cutting the cable which held the Kincaid to her anchorage, for her bold plan was nothing less than to set the steamer adrift and float with her out into the open sea, there to trust to the mercy of the elements, which she was confident would be no more merciless than Nikolas Rokoff should he again capture her.
Love - as in infancy was mine -'Twas such as angel minds above Might envy; her young heart the shrine On which my ev'ry hope and thought Were incense - then a goodly gift, For they were childish - and upright - Pure -- as her young example taught: Why did I leave it, and, adrift, Trust to the fire within, for light?
This was to slip out under cover of the night, cut the HISPANIOLA adrift, and let her go ashore where she fancied.
In the end, they swung me into her by a rope (for they had no stern ladder), and then they cut me adrift.
The man had done his best to cut himself altogether adrift from his former life.
Dipping into his tobacco pocket, he thrust a loose handful of sticks into the ancient's hand and shoved the canoe adrift with no thought of how its helpless occupant would ever reach shore.
Ask your own kind heart, my dear aunt, if it would not be downright cruelty to turn this forlorn woman adrift in the world without making some inquiry first.
In Hepzibah's mind, there was the wretched consciousness of being adrift.
In vain handspikes and crows were brought to bear upon the immovable fluke-chains, to pry them adrift from the timber-heads; and so low had the whale now settled that the submerged ends could not be at all approached, while every moment whole tons of ponderosity seemed added to the sinking bulk, and the ship seemed on the point of going over.
I needed exercise, so I employed my agent in setting stranded logs and dead trees adrift, and I sat on a boulder and watched them go whirling and leaping head over heels down the boiling torrent.
Finally, my benevolent master, to use his own words, "set her adrift to take care of herself.