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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRIFTLESS

It was a grand sight to witness the sea in a hurricane on a driftless, clear day.

The aurora was always with us, and almost without exception could be seen on a dark, driftless night.

The old, old earth is glad to turn from the cark and care of driftless centuries to the first sweet blades of green.

A comparison of otherwise similar counties lying within and without the driftless area shows an astonishing contrast.

In the glaciated area 61 per cent of the land is improved and in the driftless area only 43.5 per cent.

In the driftless area the average value per acre in 1910 was less than $24, while in the glaciated area it was nearly $64.

Throughout the driftless area it has covered up many spots that would otherwise have been bare rocks.

The ice, for some reason, failed to cover this driftless area though it overwhelmed the territory on all sides.

The driftless tract enclosed by the arms of this loop is lower than the drift ridge on either hand.

With these residuary soils of the driftless area, the mantle rock of glaciated tracts is in sharp contrast.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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