Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no drift or direction; without aim; purposeless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no drift or direction; without aim; purposeless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without drift or aim; purposeless; aimless.
  • Free from drift or driftage

Etymologies

drift +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Moose may be somewhat restricted int heir move south because many of the marshy habitats they like are found in greater abundance in glaciated (young) terrain than in "driftless" or unglaciated (older, more eroded) terrain.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • The word "driftless" refers to the lack of gravelly drift in the region from the last glaciation 12,000 years ago.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Gathering introduces us to how Seed Savers started as a dream on a small farm in Missouri, shows us how it went from there back to the author's ancestral home in the driftless region of Iowa, and how it has spread across the world through a contributing membership that numbers in the thousands.

    Kurt Michael Friese: Memories of a Life Spent Saving Seeds

  • More than 90% of Ecoregion 58h in New Jersey is driftless.

    Ecoregions of New Jersey (EPA)

  • Red yellow podzolic soils cover driftless uplands underlain by gneiss, and red yellow podzols are found on Pre-Wisconsinan drift; soils are markedly different from those of Ecoregion 58i.

    Ecoregions of New Jersey (EPA)

  • In addition, discontinuous, Wisconsinan till is common, in contrast to Ecoregion 58h, which is either driftless or covered by Pre-Wisconsinan till.

    Ecoregions of New Jersey (EPA)

  • It was epically hilarious/bizarre/epic with a great cast of mid 20s and, later mid teens who were seemingly semi-driftless Britishers in the modern world.

    “Scary Go Round” Ends

  • Ecoregion 72g is driftless unlike Ecoregion 72l which is partly mantled by Illinoian till (Lineback, 1979).

    Ecoregions of Illinois (EPA)

  • The biggest increase in ER visits is in insured patients according to the IOM, not the driftless uninsured, and a recent Annals of EM article pointed out that there is a crowding-dependent decrease in quality of care for ALL patients as volume rises.

    So Just Do It

  • Friday November 8 broke, a clear driftless day, and Murphy's party left early in the morning.

    The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

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