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1. Deviation from a set course caused by drifting.
2. Matter that has been carried along or deposited by air or water currents.
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1. the act of drifting
2. (Physical Geography) matter carried along or deposited by drifting
3. (Navigation) the amount by which an aircraft or vessel has drifted from its intended course
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(ˈdrɪf tɪdʒ)

1. the action of drifting or deviating.
2. drifted matter.
3. the amount of drift away from a set course as a result of wind and currents.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.driftage - the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
deviation, difference, divergence, departure - a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"
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Also they were scrubs--the dirty driftage of the fight game, without honor, without efficiency.
Looking at the "Territory" exhibition, viewers will also get to see pieces that go beyond the boundaries of the allotted space and conventional materials: abaca ropes ("Division," 1974), silver disc ("Continuum," 1999), black iron rods ("Driftage," 1985), the motor of an electric fan with blades removed so as to be used as a writing instrument ("C-for Climate Change," 2010), a computer keyboard over a grayish field of acrylic ("Electroscape," 1998).
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This is due to driftage processes from adjacent soil or flowage caused by the domestic and industrial wastes (Al-Lami et al.,1999) or may be due to the presence of huge numbers of phytoplankton (Maulood and Al-Mousawi, 1989).