Synonyms for drifting
- be carried along
- draw near
- go with the tide
- kick around
Antonyms for drifting
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRIFTING
On the instant, he threw off his coat and sprang far out after the drifting body.
I now knew we were at sea, and were drifting directly off the coast.
The night was hot and dark, moon and stars obscured by drifting clouds.
Our aero was drifting downward and southward in the slight wind.
He had drifted so long that, somehow, he supposed he must go on drifting.
He was used to drifting, and, in any case, he had practically nothing to lose.
"I hope it will be permanent," said Helen, drifting away to other thoughts.
The drifting boat lurched and sagged and turned her beam to the seas.
Some evil spirit whispered in his heart that Glory was drifting away from him.
Somebody in the drifting crowd was standing before her and blocking the way.
c.1300, literally "a being driven" (of snow, etc.); not recorded in Old English; either a suffixed form of drive (v.) (cf. thrift/thrive) or borrowed from Old Norse drift "snow drift," or Middle Dutch drift "pasturage, drove, flock," both from Proto-Germanic *driftiz (cf. Danish and Swedish drift, German Trift), from PIE root *dhreibh- "to drive, push" (see drive (v.)). Sense of "what one is getting at" is from 1520s. Meaning "controlled slide of a sports car" attested by 1955.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DRIFTING
- any which way
- fits and starts