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 for Drift of the forest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drift \Drift\, n. [From drive; akin to LG. & D. drift a
     driving, Icel. drift snowdrift, Dan. drift, impulse, drove,
     herd, pasture, common, G. trift pasturage, drove. See
     Drive.]
     1. A driving; a violent movement.
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              The dragon drew him [self] away with drift of his
              wings.                                --King
                                                    Alisaunder
                                                    (1332).
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     2. The act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or
        drives; an overpowering influence or impulse.
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              A bad man, being under the drift of any passion,
              will follow the impulse of it till something
              interpose.                            --South.
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     3. Course or direction along which anything is driven;
        setting. "Our drift was south." --Hakluyt.
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     4. The tendency of an act, argument, course of conduct, or
        the like; object aimed at or intended; intention; hence,
        also, import or meaning of a sentence or discourse; aim.
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              He has made the drift of the whole poem a compliment
              on his country in general.            -- Addison.
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              Now thou knowest my drift.            --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     5. That which is driven, forced, or urged along; as:
        (a) Anything driven at random. "Some log . . . a useless
            drift." --Dryden.
        (b) A mass of matter which has been driven or forced
            onward together in a body, or thrown together in a
            heap, etc., esp. by wind or water; as, a drift of
            snow, of ice, of sand, and the like.
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                  Drifts of rising dust involve the sky. -- Pope.
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                  We got the brig a good bed in the rushing drift
                  [of ice].                         --Kane.
        (c) A drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds. [Obs.]
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                  Cattle coming over the bridge (with their great
                  drift doing much damage to the high ways). --
                                                    Fuller.
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     6. (Arch.) The horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or
        vault upon the abutments. [R.] --Knight.
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     7. (Geol.) A collection of loose earth and rocks, or
        boulders, which have been distributed over large portions
        of the earth's surface, especially in latitudes north of
        forty degrees, by the agency of ice.
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     8. In South Africa, a ford in a river.
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     9. (Mech.) A slightly tapered tool of steel for enlarging or
        shaping a hole in metal, by being forced or driven into or
        through it; a broach.
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     10. (Mil.)
         (a) A tool used in driving down compactly the composition
             contained in a rocket, or like firework.
         (b) A deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong
             projectiles.
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     11. (Mining) A passage driven or cut between shaft and shaft;
         a driftway; a small subterranean gallery; an adit or
         tunnel.
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     12. (Naut.)
         (a) The distance through which a current flows in a given
             time.
         (b) The angle which the line of a ship's motion makes
             with the meridian, in drifting.
         (c) The distance to which a vessel is carried off from
             her desired course by the wind, currents, or other
             causes.
         (d) The place in a deep-waisted vessel where the sheer is
             raised and the rail is cut off, and usually
             terminated with a scroll, or driftpiece.
         (e) The distance between the two blocks of a tackle.
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     13. The difference between the size of a bolt and the hole
         into which it is driven, or between the circumference of
         a hoop and that of the mast on which it is to be driven.
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     14. (Phys. Geog.) One of the slower movements of oceanic
         circulation; a general tendency of the water, subject to
         occasional or frequent diversion or reversal by the wind;
         as, the easterly drift of the North Pacific.
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     15. (A["e]ronautics) The horizontal component of the pressure
         of the air on the sustaining surfaces of a flying
         machine. The lift is the corresponding vertical
         component, which sustains the machine in the air.
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     Note: Drift is used also either adjectively or as the first
           part of a compound. See Drift, a.
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     Drift of the forest (O. Eng. Law), an examination or view
        of the cattle in a forest, in order to see whose they are,
        whether they are commonable, and to determine whether or
        not the forest is surcharged. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]
  
     continental drift (Geology), the very slow (ca. 1-5 cm per
        year) movement of the continents and parts of continents
        relative to each other and to the points of upwelling of
        magma in the viscous layers beneath the continents; --
        causing, for example, the opening of the South Atlantic
        Ocean by the movement of Africa and South America away
        from each other. See also plate tectonics.
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