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adrift adj
2 afloat on the surface of a body of water; "after the storm the boats were adrift" [syn: adrift(p), drifting(a)] adv : off course; "there was a search for beauty that had somehow gone adrift"

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English

Etymology

Prefix a- (for on) + drift.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Floating at random.
    So on the sea shall be set adrift. --Dryden.
  2. (of a seaman) Absent from his watch

Adverb

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

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Extensive Definition

Adrift may refer to:

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adrift in French: Adrift

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