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A term denoting floating at random, as of a boat or ship broken away from its moorings and at the mercy of wind and waves. To cast adrift a ship is to abandon it at sea; of persons, to place them in a ship's boat or raft and leave them. The word is also used to describe a seaman absent from his watch, or his work, or failing to return when his leave expires. It also can refer to an item that is not in its proper place, or is missing.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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