Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Deviation from a set course caused by drifting.
  • n. Matter that has been carried along or deposited by air or water currents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Deviation from a ship's course due to leeway.
  • n. Anything that drifts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Deviation from a ship's course due to leeway.
  • n. Anything that drifts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is drifted; drift.
  • n. Nautical, the amount of deviation from a ship's course due to leeway.
  • n. In gunnery and archery, windage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting

Etymologies

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drift +‎ -age

Examples

  • The driftage through the Big House was decreasing.

    CHAPTER XVII

  • The sunset fires, refracted from the cloud-driftage of the autumn sky, bathed the canyon with crimson, in which ruddy-limbed mandronos and wine-wooded manzanitas burned and smoldered.

    CHAPTER XVII

  • Lavina, famed for her good heart even among the driftage of

    THE PROUD GOAT OFALOYSIUS PANKBURN

  • Also they were scrubs – the dirty driftage of the fight game, without honor, without efficiency.

    The Mexican

  • Elsinore, this time due to me and my own stubbornness, is rolling in the wind and heading nowhere in a light breeze at the rate of nothing but driftage per hour.

    CHAPTER XLVI

  • So, instead of making speed through the water toward deep sea, I hove the Elsinore to on the starboard tack with no more than leeway driftage to the west and south.

    CHAPTER XLVI

  • I tell you this vagrant fisherman, this wandering preacher, this piece of driftage from Galilee, commanded me.

    Chapter 17

  • Despite the fact that by his manoeuvre the Arangi had been hove to, he knew that windage and sea-driftage would quickly send her away from the swimming puppy.

    CHAPTER VI

  • And here, at the end of it all, I pore over books of astronomy from the prison library, such as they allow condemned men to read, and learn that even the heavens are passing fluxes, vexed with star - driftage as the earth is by the drifts of men.

    Chapter 21

  • I see and know and possess incorporated in my consciousness of the mighty driftage of the races in the times before our present written history began!

    Chapter 21

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