drift current

drift current

[′drift ‚kə·rənt]
(oceanography)
A wide, slow-moving ocean current principally caused by winds. Also known as drift; wind drift; wind-driven current.
Current determined from the differences between dead reckoning and a navigational fix.
(plasma physics)
A current of free charged particles in perpendicular electric and magnetic fields that results from an average motion of the particles in a direction perpendicular to both fields.
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Consider the expression for the drift current given below
Aimed at high school students, this dictionary provides clear explanations of difficult concepts essential to the study of earth science, such as absorption, hydrology, radiocarbon dating, and wind drift current.