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Webster 1913 Edition


Adrift

A-drift′

,
adv.
&
Adj.
[Pref.
a-
(for
on
) +
drift
.]
Floating at random; in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. Also fig.
So on the sea shall be set
adrift
.
Dryden.
Were from their daily labor turned
adrift
.
Wordsworth.

Webster 1828 Edition


Adrift

ADRIFT'

,
Adj.
or adv. [See Drive. Adrift is the participle of the verb.]
Literally, driven; floating; floating at random; impelled or moving without direction. As an adjective, it always follows its noun; as, the boat was adrift.

Definition 2022


adrift

adrift

English

Adjective

adrift (comparative more adrift, superlative most adrift)

  1. Floating at random.
    So on the sea shall be set adrift. --Dryden.
  2. (of a seaman) Absent from his watch.
  3. (chiefly Britain, often with of) Behind one's opponents, or below a required threshold in terms of score, number or position.
    The team were six points adrift of their rivals.
    • 1996, David H. Begg, Monetary Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: Lessons After Half a Decade, International Monetary Fund, ISBN 1455282820:
      The Czech Republic in 1994-95, with a pegged nominal exchange rate and nominal deposit rates of 7 percent, was several percentage points adrift of the interest parity condition.
    • 2006, Brian Long, Subaru Impreza: The Road Car & WRC Story, ISBN 1845840283, page 56:
      He did well, coming second, but Toyota and Mitsubishi were now neck-and-neck, with the Subaru team 38 points adrift of the leaders.
    • 2012 April 18, Anthony Vickers, “Boro 0 Doncaster Rovers 0”, in (Please provide the title of the work), The Evening Gazette (Teeside):
      Boro were left needing snookers after a toothless goalless draw with Dead Men Walking Doncaster left them well adrift and fading in the chase for a Championship play-off place.
    • 2014 December 21, Phil McNulty, “Liverpool 2 - 2 Arsenal”, in BBC:
      Brendan Rodgers's team moved into the top 10 in the Premier League table, but they are nine points adrift of West Ham in fourth place, while Arsenal are sixth.

Translations

Adverb

adrift (comparative more adrift, superlative most adrift)

  1. In a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves.

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