driftage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n driftage the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Driftage Anything that drifts.
    • Driftage Deviation from a ship's course due to leeway.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n driftage That which is drifted; drift.
    • n driftage Nautical, the amount of deviation from a ship's course due to leeway.
    • n driftage In gunnery and archery, windage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Driftage that which is drifted: the amount of deviation from a ship's course due to leeway
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Drive.

Usage

In literature:

No more man-wrought driftage came our way, but other signs multiplied.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
Dropping to leeward while working; the driftage.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Fuel coal is also too pure to have been accumulated by driftage.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
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