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English definition of “drift”

drift

noun (MOVEMENT)    /drɪft/
[C] a pile of snow or something similar, formed by the wind: The snow lay in deep drifts.Snow and iceCold [S or U] a general development or change in a situation: The downward drift in copper prices looks set to continue.Change and changes
(Definition of drift noun (MOVEMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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