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Drift, 1) things driven along at once, a shower: “their d. of bullets,” John II, 412.
2) direction, turn: “the sole d. of my purpose doth extend not a frown further,” Tp. V, 29. “finding by this encompassment and d. of question that they do know my son,” Hml. II, 1, 10. “can you by no d. of circumstance get from him . . .,” III, 1, 1 (Qq d. of conference).
3) tendency, aim, intention, meaning, scheme: “love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift, as thou hast lent me wit to plot this d.” Gentl. II, 6, 43. “cross my friend in his intended d.” III, 1, 18. “you shall say my cunning d. excels,” IV, 2, 83. “O, understand my d.” Wiv. II, 2, 251. “hold you ever to our special d.” Meas. IV, 5, 4. “what is the course and d. of your compact?” Err. II, 2, 163. “I will tell you my d.” Ado II, 1, 403. “the king not privy to my d.” H6C I, 2, 46. “the author's d.” Troil. III, 3, 113 (== what he aims at). “we know your d.” Cor. III, 3, 116 (what you intend to say). “be plain and homely in thy d.” Rom. II, 3, 55 (in what you have to say). “in the mean time shall Romeo by my letters know our d.” IV, 1, 114. “my free d. halts not particularly,” Tim. I, 1, 45. “here's my d.” Hml. II, 1, 37. “if our d. look through our bad performance,” IV, 7, 152.
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