As adjectives the difference between drifting and adrift
is that drifting
is having the property of moving aimlessly or at the mercy of external forces while adrift
is floating at random.
As a noun drifting
is (motorsports) a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner.
As a verb drifting
As a adverb adrift is
in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves.