American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Drifting or floating freely; not anchored.
- adv. Without direction or purpose: "The report is about people in their twenties and how alienated and adrift they feel” ( Tom Shales).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Floating at random; not fastened by any kind of moorings; at the mercy of winds and currents.
- Hence Figuratively, swayed by any chance impulse; all abroad; at a loss.
- adj. Floating at random.
- adj. Absent from his watch.
- adj. chiefly UK Behind one's opponents, or below a required threshold in terms of score, number or position.
- adv. In a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Floating at random; in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. Also fig.
- adv. floating freely; not anchored
- adv. off course, wandering aimlessly
- adj. afloat on the surface of a body of water
- adj. aimlessly drifting
- Prefix a- (for on) + drift. (Wiktionary)
“His first escape attempt was thwarted by the thugs as Phillips remained adrift from the aid and cover of the US Navy, which sat restrained by an administration too cowardly to let slip the dogs of war.”
“The only thing adrift is budgetary commitment from the former and current President and the lack of an Administrator.”
“Poster boy of creationists everywhere, he has cut himself adrift from the world of real science.”
“In 1991 Dea Birkett spent four months living among the 38 residents of Pitcairn Island, where Fletcher Christian and other mutineers settled after casting Captain William Bligh adrift from the Bounty in 1789.”
“The law and the free institutions on which the West rightly prides itself grew up in a moral climate created by Christianity, but the technology that is a by-product of Western law and liberty has been cut adrift from the religious and cultural soil that nourished its origin.”
“A fourth mistake was the withholding of our wheat from world markets in 1929, with a view to forcing - one might as well be frank - higher prices, and the associated policy of cutting adrift from the established wheat trade selling agencies in Great Britain and elsewhere.”
“They're spirits -- ghosts of sailors that drowned as long ago as when that cask went adrift from a sinkin 'ship, an' that's years an 'years, Miss, as anybody can see, lookin' at the size of the barnacles on it.”
“The southern states are loud in vehement threats of secession, if the republican candidate is elected; but their bluster is really lamentably ludicrous, for they are without money, without credit, without power, without character – in short, sans everything, but so many millions of slaves, sans good numbers of whom they would also be the very moment they cut themselves adrift from the protection of the North.”
“I had a brother in Kingsbridge some four months ago almost pennyless, turned adrift from a French prison, with his bed & baggage to join his ship how he could.”
“My conversation with him must have been about the year 1886 or 1887 and he then said to me that he saw no reason why the Dominions, if they wished to cut themselves adrift from the Mother Country, should not do so; that the Mother Country was not interested in their fate and they were not interested in the fate of the Mother Country, and they had no interest in continuing the close alliance between us.”
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