Translation of "drift" - English-French dictionary


verb intransitivedrift /drɪft/
to float slowly, pushed by a current

a piece of wood drifting down the stream
un morceau de bois dérivant le long du courant

A balloon drifted by.
Un ballon emporté à la dérive.
to move without purpose

people drifting in and out of the room
des personnes qui entraient dans la pièce ou en sortaient en flânant
to change slowly, often becoming worse

The marriage drifted toward failure.
Le mariage sombra dans l'échec.
to be pushed by the wind into piles

drifting snow
la neige s'amoncelant


noun countabledrift [ drɪft ]
a slow change, often toward sth bad
dérive feminine

the drift toward war
la dérive vers la guerre

the Democrats' drift toward the center
la dérive des démocrates vers le centre
a slow movement
dérive feminine

the drift of the continents
la dérive des continents
a pile of snow, created by the wind
congère feminine

six foot drifts
des congères de deux mètres
catch/get the drift
to understand the basic idea of what sb is saying

I didn't catch the drift of her argument.
Je ne comprenais pas où elle voulait en venir.

(Translation of “drift” from the GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)


noun /drift/

a heap of something driven together, especially snow

amoncellement, congère
His car stuck in a snowdrift.

the direction in which something is going; the general meaning

sens (général)
I couldn’t hear you clearly, but I did catch the drift of what you said.
drifter noun

a fishing-boat that uses a net which floats near the surface of the water.


a person who drifts.

personne qui se laisse aller
driftwood noun

wood floating on or cast up on the shore by the sea

bois flotté
We made a fire with driftwood.



(of people) to wander or live aimlessly

flâner, aller à la dérive
She drifted from job to job.

(Translation of “drift” from the PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)