drift (n.) 2
direction, progress, course
CE II.ii.170 [Antipholus of Syracuse to Dromio of Syracuse] What is the course and drift of your compact?
Ham III.i.1 [Claudius to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, of Hamlet] can you by no drift of conference / Get from him why he puts on this confusion
TC III.iii.113 [Ulysses to Achilles, of his book] I do not strain at the position ... but at the author's drift
Tem V.i.29 [Prospero to Ariel, of the lords] They being penitent, / The sole drift of my purpose doth extend / Not a frown further
Tim I.i.46 [Poet to Painter, of his poem] My free drift / Halts not particularly