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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
dérive
  1. The act or motion of drifting; the force which impels or drives; an overpowering influence or impulse.
  2. A place (a ford) along a river where the water is shallow enough to permit crossing to the opposite side.
  3. Course or direction along which anything is driven; setting.
  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.
  5. That which is driven, forced, or urged along
  6. Anything driven at random.
  7. A mass of matter which has been driven or forced onward together in a body, or thrown together in a heap, etc., especially by wind or water; as, a drift of snow, of ice, of sand, and the like.
  8. A drove or flock, as of cattle, sheep, birds.
  9. The horizontal thrust or pressure of an arch or vault upon the abutments.
  10. 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 retreat of continental glaciers, such as that which buries former river valleys and creates young river valleys.
  11. 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.
  12. A tool used in driving down compactly the composition contained in a rocket, or like firework.
  13. A deviation from the line of fire, peculiar to oblong projectiles.
  14. The distance through which a current flows in a given time.
  15. The distance between the two blocks of a tackle.
  16. 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.
  17. A sideways movement of the ball through the air, when bowled by a spin bowler.
  18. Driftwood included in flotsam washed up onto the beach.





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