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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Drift, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Drifting.]
 1. To float or be driven along by, or as by, a current of water or air; as, the ship drifted astern; a raft drifted ashore; the balloon drifts slowly east.
    We drifted o'er the harbor bar.   -- Coleridge.
 2. To accumulate in heaps by the force of wind; to be driven into heaps; as, snow or sand drifts.
 3. mining to make a drift; to examine a vein or ledge for the purpose of ascertaining the presence of metals or ores; to follow a vein; to prospect. [U.S.]