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indraft (plural indrafts)

  1. A draft or drawing inward.
    • 1856, Herman Melville, The Piazza Tales[1]:
      And yet, at other times, there is a mysterious indraft, which irresistibly draws a passing vessel among the isles, though not bound to them.
    • 1860, Edward Feild, Extracts from a Journal of a Voyage of Visitation in the "Hawk," 1859[2]:
      In the evening, Mr. Tucker went on shore to teach the younger ones to repeat the Lord's Prayer and the creed, more perfectly; and I, with the rest of my party, rowed up "the Southern Arm," an indraft of about three miles, winding among the most picturesque mountains I ever saw.
    • 1850, William Radcliff Birt, The Hurricane Guide[3]:
      In point of fact they will clearly illustrate the diversion of the tendency to rise, spoken of in the Report before alluded to, as resulting in ascending columns and sheets, between which wind flaws, capricious in their direction and intensity, and often amounting to sharp squalls, mark out the course of their feeders and the indraft of cooler air from a distance to supply their void.
    • 1812, Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Of York, Mariner, Vol. 1[4]:
      For a mile, or thereabouts, my raft went very well, only that I found it drive a little distant from the place where I had landed before; by which I perceived that there was some indraft of the water, and consequently I hoped to find some creek or river there, which I might make use of as a port to get to land with my cargo.