Science / Geology / Longshore Drift: The movement of sediment along a coastline caused by waves striking the coast at an oblique angle. The waves wash sediment particles up the beach at an oblique angle and the swash back to the sea carries the particles down the gradient of the beach. This produces a zig-zag path of particle movement along the beach.
Drift Adjective Synonyms: coast, float, waft
Drift Noun Synonyms: intention, meaning, purport, purpose, aim, object, tenor, tone, spirit, color, essence, gist, significance, import
Drift Verb Synonyms: wander, roam, meander, stray, rove, ramble, mosey
Science / Geology / Longshore Current: A current that moves parallel to a shore and is formed from the momentum of breaking waves that approach the shore obliquely. MORE