Floating at random in a drifting problem at the mercy of wind and waves additionally fig
- drifting easily; perhaps not anchored
- aimlessly drifting
- off program, wandering aimlessly
- afloat on the surface of a body of liquid
- Floating randomly; in a drifting problem; onu000du000a mercy of wind and waves. In addition fig.
Sea-weed, between high and reduced water-mark, which includes maybe not already been deposited regarding the shore, and which during flood-tide is moved by each increasing and receding trend, is adrift, although the bottom* associated with mass may touch the coastline. Anthony v. Gifford, 2 Allen (Mass.) 549.
1620s, from a- (1) "on" + drift. Figurative use by 1680s.
(adv. & a.) drifting at random; in a drifting problem; subject to wind and waves. Also fig.
Some hours after midnight, the Typhoon abated so much, that through the strenuous exertions of Starbuck and Stubb--one engaged forward and the other aft--the shivered remnants of the jib and fore and main-top-sails were cut adrift from the spars, and went eddying away to leeward, like the feathers of an albatross, which sometimes are cast to the winds when that storm-tossed bird is on the wing.