American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that drifts, especially a person who moves aimlessly from place to place or from job to job.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which drifts; specifically, a cask, buoy, float, or other light object, properly labeled and tagged, and allowed to drift freely in the ocean to determine ocean-currents. When the surface of the drifter above the water is intentionally made large, relatively to the immersed portion, the drift is due principally to the influence of the surface-winds. When the drifter is not exposed to the wind it shows the influence of the ocean-currents either at the surface or at a considerable depth, depending upon the depth of the layer in which it floats. This may be regulated to some extent by an arrangement similar to that of the Cartesian and Florentine divers. Drifters are set afloat in all parts of the ocean, and their paths are shown on the monthly pilot-charts, together with the paths of derelicts.
- n. pejorative A person who moves from place to place or job to job.
- n. nautical A type of lightweight sail used in light winds like a spinnaker.
- n. automotive A driver that uses driving techniques to modify vehicle traction to cause a vehicle to slide or power slide rather than drive in line with the tires.
- n. a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
- drift + -er (Wiktionary)
“It is basically what we call a drifter slope mine.”
“A depressed drifter is even unhappier when it is a sunny day and everyone is having fun.”
“The author never indicates how this drifter from a vagabond existence came to live in a modest upper middleclass neighborhood with no steady income (dollhouses?).”
“The third person in this case -- and that is Amanda Knox we ` re looking at -- The third man in this case, who is considered or has been described as a drifter, has already been convicted.”
“A so-called drifter shows off his precision with a knife and cucumber.”
“Scarseth, described as a drifter, received a warning for skateboarding illegally.”
“Previous entry: Man found with Smart known as drifter”
“But last month, the Smart family released a sketch of Brian David Mitchell, described as a drifter and street preacher.”
“And what about the so-called drifter who lived in his car?”
“The latest developments getting the breaking news logo including Friday's announcement that Bret Michael Edmunds, the so-called drifter wanted for questioning in the case, had been apprehended in a West Virginia hospital.”
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