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  1. shift
    IPA[SHift]
  2. verb

    • 1. move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance:

      I shift the weight back to the other leg the roof cracked and shifted
      Synonym : move, carry, transfer, transport, convey, take, bring, bear, lug, cart, haul, fetch, switch, move around, transpose, relocate, reposition, rearrange, displace, move, slide, slip, move around, be displaced
    • 2. change the position of one's body, especially because one is nervous or uncomfortable:

      he shifted a little in his chair
      Synonym : change, alter, adjust, make adjustments to, adapt, amend, recast, vary, modify, revise, reverse, retract, do a U-turn on, row back, eat one's words, do an about-turn on
    • 3. change the emphasis, direction, or focus of:

      she's shifting the blame onto me
    • 4. change in emphasis, direction, or focus:

      the wind had shifted to the east the balance of power shifted abruptly
      Synonym : veer, alter, change, back, vary, fluctuate, turn, swing, change direction
    • 5. move (data) one or more places to the right or left in a register:

      the partial remainder is shifted left
    • 6. press the shift key on a typewriter or computer keyboard.

    • 7. sell (something):

      a lot of high-priced product you simply don't know how to shift
    • 8. change gear in a vehicle:

      she shifted down to fourth
    • 9. be evasive or indirect:

      they know not how to shift and rob as the old ones do

    noun

    • 1. a slight change in position, direction, or tendency:

      a shift in public opinion a shift of wind took us by surprise
    • 2. the displacement of spectral lines.

    • 3. a key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used to switch between two sets of characters or functions, principally between lower- and upper-case letters.

    • 4. short for sound shift

    • 5. the gearshift or gear-changing mechanism in a motor vehicle.

    • 6. the positioning of successive rows of bricks so that their ends do not coincide.

    • 7. a movement of the digits of a word in a register one or more places to left or right, equivalent to multiplying or dividing the corresponding number by a power of whatever number is the base.

    • 8. a change of position by two or more players before the ball is put into play.

    • 9. one of two or more recurring periods in which different groups of workers do the same jobs in relay:

      the night shift
      Synonym : work period, stint, spell of work, stretch
    • 10. the group of people who work during a particular shift:

      the bus was still waiting there when the day shift went home
      Synonym : group, crew, gang, team, squad, patrol
    • 11. a woman's straight unwaisted dress.

    • 12. a long, loose-fitting undergarment.

    • 13. an ingenious or devious device or stratagem:

      the thousand shifts and devices of which Hannibal was a master
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: shift, plural noun: shifts

    • verb

      move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance:

      change the position of one's body, especially because one is nervous or uncomfortable:

    • noun

      a slight change in position, direction, or tendency:

      the displacement of spectral lines.

    • adjective

      changing, especially unpredictably:
    • adjective

      changing, especially unpredictably:
    • verb

      move from one period in time to another.

      record (a television program) for later viewing:

    • noun

      a movement from one period in time to another, especially in a play or movie:
    • noun

      the period of time scheduled for work at night, as in a factory or other institution:

      the employees who work during the night shift:

    • noun

      a period of time worked during the daylight hours in a hospital, factory, etc., as opposed to the night shift.

      the employees who work during the day shift:

    • noun

      a phonetic change in a vowel or vowels.

      a series of changes between medieval and modern English affecting the long vowels of the standard language.

    • noun

      a change in the phase of a waveform.
    • noun

      a register that is designed to allow the bits of its contents to be moved to left or right.
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