adrift


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

adrift

floating without steering or mooring; drifting
References in classic literature ?
Presently a fox met him: 'What's the matter, my friend?' said he, 'why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?' 'Ah!' replied the horse, 'justice and avarice never dwell in one house; my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years, and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift, and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again; what chance can I have of that?
For a moment she hung there, and then, swinging round until her bow pointed toward the shore, she broke adrift once more.
The spires of meeting-houses seemed set adrift from their foundations; the broad-based hills glided away.
Finally, my benevolent master, to use his own words, "set her adrift to take care of herself." Here was a re- cently-converted man, holding on upon the mother, and at the same time turning out her helpless child, to starve and die!
They had seen me cut the cables, and thought my design was only to let the ships run adrift or fall foul on each other: but when they perceived the whole fleet moving in order, and saw me pulling at the end, they set up such a scream of grief and despair as it is almost impossible to describe or conceive.
They took leave of their comrades and started off on their several courses with stout hearts and cheerful countenances; though these lonely cruisings into a wild and hostile wilderness seem to the uninitiated equivalent to being cast adrift in the ship's yawl in the midst of the ocean.
Was it because when he had died, she still had had Martin, demanding, vital, to goad her on and give the semblance of a point to her life, and now she was left alone, adrift? She pondered over these questions, broodingly.
The commonplace nature of what they said produced in Ethan an illusion of long-established intimacy which no outburst of emotion could have given, and he set his imagination adrift on the fiction that they had always spent their evenings thus and would always go on doing so...
A HM Coastguard spokesman said: "Fraserburgh lifeboat along with the Banff Coastguard were launched to help with two children who were adrift on inflatables off the coast of Pennan.
Rescued fishermen from Surigao after 12 hours adrift in the waters of San Francisco, Southern Leyte.
Great Britain's Simon Yates finished off the pace, with the Mitchelton-Scott rider eighth in the GC, eight minutes and one second adrift.
They remain two points adrift at the foot of the table, and eight away from safety, after suffering a sixth straight defeat following their 4-0 home loss to The New Saints.