Translation of "drift" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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driftverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /drɪft/ us /drɪft/

C2 to move slowly, especially as a result of outside forces, with no control over direction

(尤指在外力作用下)飘,漂流,漂移
No one noticed that the boat had begun to drift out to sea. 没有人注意到船已经开始漂向大海了。
A mist drifted in from the marshes. 一阵雾气从沼泽地里飘过来。
After the band stopped playing, people drifted away in twos and threes. 乐队演奏结束后,人们便三三两两地散去了。
figurative The talk drifted aimlessly from one subject to another. 谈话漫无目的地从一个主题转向另一个主题。

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driftnoun

uk /drɪft/ us /drɪft/

drift noun (MEANING)

[ S ] the general meaning without the details

大意,主旨
The general drift of the article was that society doesn't value older people. 文章的大意是社会对年长者并不重视。
catch/get sb's drift informal

to understand the general meaning of what someone is saying

大致明白某人所说的话
if you catch/get my drift informal

used to say that you have left out information or your opinion from what you have just said, but that you expect the person listening still to understand it

你明白我的意思吧
She's married, but she doesn't act as if she is, if you get my drift. 她结婚了,但她表现得不像是结了婚的,你明白我的意思吧。

drift noun (MOVEMENT)

[ C ] a pile of snow or something similar, formed by the wind

(风吹积而成的)一堆(雪)
The snow lay in deep drifts. 到处是风吹起来的厚厚的雪堆。

[ S or U ] a general development or change in a situation

局势变化
The downward drift in copper prices looks like it will continue. 铜价下跌的趋势看来注定还要持续下去。

(Translation of “drift” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)