1 an event in which something is displaced without rotation [syn: displacement]
4 the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election" [syn: switch, switching]
5 the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class" [syn: shifting]
6 (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault" [syn: fault, geological fault, fracture, break]
7 a group of workers who work for a specific period of time
3 move around; "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket" [syn: transfer]
5 move from one setting or context to another; "shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention"
6 change in quality; "His tone shifted"
7 move and exchange for another; "shift the date for our class reunion"
8 move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control" [syn: careen, wobble, tilt]
10 use a shift key on a keyboard; "She could not shift so all ther letters are written in lower case"
11 change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
12 change gears; "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
13 lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes" [syn: switch, change]
EtymologyOld English sciftan ‘arrange, organise’, from Germanic *skiftanan. Cognate with Dutch schiften, German schichten, Norwegian skifte.
- Rhymes: -ɪft
- To change, swap
- His political stance shifted daily.
- to move from one place to another; to redistribute
- We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.
- to change position
- She shifted slightly in her seat.
- To change gears (in a car).
- I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.
- In the context of "transitive|computing": to remove the first value from an array.
- to dispose of
- How can I shift a grass stain?
- to hurry
- If you shift, you might make the 2:19.
- (Ireland, crude slang) to engage in sexual petting.
To change, swap
to move from one place to another
To change gears
- a type of women's undergarment, a slip
- Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.
- a change of workers, now specifically a set group of workers or
period of working time
- We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.
- an act of shifting; a slight movement or change
- There was a shift in the political atmosphere.
- the gear mechanism in a
- Does it come with a stick-shift?
- a button on a keyboard, chiefly for switching
between upper and lower case
- If you press shift-P, the preview display will change.
type of women's undergarment
change of workers
act of shifting
gear mechanism in a motor vehicle
- Finnish: vaihteisto
- Spanish: cambio
button on a keyboard
- Finnish: vaihto, shift
Shift generally means to change (position).
Shift may refer to:
- Gear shift, to change gears in a car
- Shift work, an employment practice
- Shift (music), a change of level in music
- Shift (magazine), a former Canadian technology and culture magazine
- Shift (weapon), an improvised knife used as a weapon
- Shift (clothing), a simple kind of undergarment
- Shift the Ape, a character in the Chronicles of Narnia series
In mathematics and computing:
- Shift key, a key on a computer keyboard
- Bit shift, a bitwise operator in computing
- Shift operator, a linear operator in mathematics
- lookfrom Shift
- Red shift (disambiguation)
- Vowel shift, a change in the pronunciation of vowel sounds
- Paradigm shift, a change in basic assumptions within the ruling theory of science
- Tax shift, a fiscal policy
- Baseball positioning, where "shift" is a strategic alteration in defenders' normal fielding locations
shift in Dutch: Shift
shift in Japanese: シフト
shift in Simple English: Shift
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