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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 ?
Jo knew nothing about philosophy or metaphysics of any sort, but a curious excitement, half pleasurable, half painful, came over her as she listened with a sense of being turned adrift into time and space, like a young balloon out on a holiday.
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.
He found a canoe and paddled down downstream, setting the canoe adrift as dawn approached, and making his way by land to the next village, where he kept out of sight till a transient steamer came along, and then took deck passage for St.
Finally, my benevolent master, to use his own words, "set her adrift to take care of herself.
It is a very strange sensation to inexperienced youth to feel itself quite alone in the world, cut adrift from every connection, uncertain whether the port to which it is bound can be reached, and prevented by many impediments from returning to that it has quitted.
He turns you adrift on the world with surprising alacrity.
I had grown to be so accustomed to the Micawbers, and had been so intimate with them in their distresses, and was so utterly friendless without them, that the prospect of being thrown upon some new shift for a lodging, and going once more among unknown people, was like being that moment turned adrift into my present life, with such a knowledge of it ready made as experience had given me.
Miss Havisham's grey hair was all adrift upon the ground, among the other bridal wrecks, and was a miserable sight to see.
No sooner hee with them of Man and Beast Select for life shall in the Ark be lodg'd, And shelterd round, but all the Cataracts Of Heav'n set open on the Earth shall powre Raine day and night, all fountaines of the Deep Broke up, shall heave the Ocean to usurp Beyond all bounds, till inundation rise Above the highest Hills: then shall this Mount Of Paradise by might of Waves be moovd Out of his place, pushd by the horned floud, With all his verdure spoil'd, and Trees adrift Down the great River to the op'ning Gulf, And there take root an Iland salt and bare, The haunt of Seales and Orcs, and Sea-mews clang.
This was to slip out under cover of the night, cut the HISPANIOLA adrift, and let her go ashore where she fancied.