drifting


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drifting

[′drif·tiŋ]
(mining engineering)
Tunneling along the strike of a lode.
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We were resigned to our fate, and we remained resigned until we aroused to the fact that we were drifting along the north shore not a hundred feet away.
With steady, powerful strokes the ape-man forged out into the stream toward the drifting dugout.
Finally her glance chanced to fall upon the rope in the bow of the dugout, and, making one end of this fast to the chain, she succeeded in drifting the canoe slowly down until it lay directly beneath the ladder.
For a few minutes Anne, drifting slowly down, enjoyed the romance of her situation to the full.
Allan the next day, "and it seemed like years while the flat was drifting down to the bridge and the water rising in it every moment.
The sight was awe-inspiring in the extreme as one contemplated this mighty floating funeral pyre, drifting unguided and unmanned through the lonely wastes of the Martian heavens; a derelict of death and destruction, typifying the life story of these strange and ferocious creatures into whose unfriendly hands fate had carried it.
My love keeps growing more passionate and egoistic, while his is waning and waning, and that's why we're drifting apart.
It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big, still river, lay- ing on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn't ever feel like talking loud, and it warn't often that we laughed -- only a little kind of a low chuckle.
So we talked it over all one night, drifting along down the river, trying to make up our minds whether to drop the watermelons, or the cantelopes, or the mushmelons, or what.
A glance below showed that the vessel was drifting in the direction of the tower to which Gahan had seen the prisoner led.
Slipping over the side Gahan descended by the trailing anchor-rope until his feet touched the top of the wall, where he had no difficulty in arresting the slow drifting of the ship.
Drifting again, out of the morning-room into the hall, he found his way to the offices next, smelt my pipe, and was instantly reminded that he had been simple enough to give up smoking for Miss Rachel's sake.