Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common road or path for driving cattle.
  • n. A drift, or horizontal passage in a mine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A common way, road, or path, for driving cattle.
  • n. Same as Drift, 11.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A road over which cattle are driven.
  • n. Nautical and in mining, same as drift.
  • n. In stock-raising, a right of way across neighboring land.

Etymologies

drift +‎ way (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then from the driftway or rough boring beneath well holes were bored to the upper excavation, and through them the strong upright iron pillars designed to support the roof of the new tunnel station were passed, bedded and securely fixed in position.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 841, February 13, 1892

  • I started up and looked around me, the moon was still shining, and the face of the heaven was studded with stars; I found myself amidst a maze of bushes of various kinds, but principally hazel and holly, through which was a path or driftway with grass growing on either side, upon which the pony was already diligently browsing.

    Lavengro; the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • I started up and looked around me, the moon was still shining, and the face of the heaven was studded with stars; I found myself amidst a haze of bushes of various kinds, but principally hazel and holly, through which was a path or driftway with grass growing on either side, upon which the pony was already diligently browsing.

    Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest

  • What a difference — Drowsy — Maze of bushes — Housekeeping — Sticks and furze — The driftway — Account of stock — Anvil and bellows — Twenty years.

    Lavengro

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