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Wood floating in or washed up by a body of water.
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(Environmental Science) wood floating on or washed ashore by the sea or other body of water
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1. wood floating on a body of water or cast ashore by it.
2. such wood adapted for use in interior decoration.
3. of, pertaining to, or made of driftwood.
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Noun1.driftwood - wood that is floating or that has been washed ashoredriftwood - wood that is floating or that has been washed ashore
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
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[ˈdrɪftwʊd] Nmadera f de deriva
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[ˈdrɪftwʊd] nbois m flotté
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[ˈdrɪftwud] nlegno portato dalla corrente
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(drift) noun
1. a heap of something driven together, especially snow. His car stuck in a snowdrift.
2. the direction in which something is going; the general meaning. I couldn't hear you clearly, but I did catch the drift of what you said.
1. to (cause to) float or be blown along. Sand drifted across the road; The boat drifted down the river.
2. (of people) to wander or live aimlessly. She drifted from job to job.
ˈdrifter noun
1. a fishing-boat that uses a net which floats near the surface of the water.
2. a person who drifts.
ˈdriftwood noun
wood floating on or cast up on the shore by the sea. We made a fire with driftwood.
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References in classic literature ?
A NEGRO in a boat, gathering driftwood, saw a sleeping Alligator, and, thinking it was a log, fell to estimating the number of shingles it would make for his new cabin.
The river was coming up pretty fast, and lots of driftwood going by on the rise.
There was driftwood, though not much, on the beach, and the sight of a coffee tin I had taken from the Ghost's larder had given me the idea of a fire.
Finally they found themselves in the dining room, where a fire of driftwood was weaving flames of wavering, elusive, sea-born hues in the open fireplace.
A piece of dancing driftwood caught his attention and his eyes followed it down the current.
For many years, though a vague report would now and then find its way across the sea -- like a shapeless piece of driftwood tossed ashore with the initials of a name upon it -- yet no tidings of them unquestionably authentic were received.
She fell to wondering what her life would have been like had she been born a Chinese woman, or an Italian woman like those she saw, head-shawled or bareheaded, squat, ungainly and swarthy, who carried great loads of driftwood on their heads up from tha beach.
"You know that plenty of driftwood lies along the shore.
There were no stones or rocks available, but along the shore she found quantities of driftwood deposited by the river at a slightly higher stage.
One September night a family had gathered round their hearth, and piled it high with the driftwood of mountain streams, the dry cones of the pine, and the splintered ruins of great trees that had come crashing down the precipice.
Availing himself, therefore, of the driftwood which had collected in quantities in the neighboring bends of the river, Mr.
So great was it that I thought it must be a mighty gulf until the mass of driftwood that came out upon the first ebb tide convinced me that it was the mouth of a river.