|Origin:||Probably from Old Norse drift 'pile of wind-blown snow'; related to drive|
a large pile of snow or sand that has been blown by the wind
The road is blocked with massive drifts of snow.
a snow drift
a slow change or development from one situation, opinion etc to another
a drift towards longer working hours
a slow movement of large numbers of people that has not been planned
movement of people[singular, uncountable]
the drift from the countryside to the cities
the general meaning of what someone is saying:
So what's the drift of the argument?
follow/get/catch somebody's drift (=understand the general meaning of what someone is saying)
She didn't quite get my drift, did she?
the movement of a ship or plane from its original direction because of the movement of the wind or water
very slow movement, especially over water or through the air