Definitions for shift

Definitions for (noun) shift

Main entry: switch, switching, shift

Definition: the act of changing one thing or position for another

Usage: his switch on abortion cost him the election

Main entry: shift, shifting

Definition: the act of moving from one place to another

Usage: his constant shifting disrupted the class

Main entry: chemise, shift, sack

Definition: a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

Main entry: shift, shimmy, slip, chemise, teddy

Definition: a woman's sleeveless undergarment

Main entry: shift, shift key

Definition: the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters

Main entry: shift, transformation, transmutation

Definition: a qualitative change

Main entry: displacement, shift

Definition: an event in which something is displaced without rotation

Main entry: shift

Definition: a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

Main entry: fault, faulting, fracture, geological fault, break, shift

Definition: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

Usage: they built it right over a geological fault; he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Main entry: shift, work shift, duty period

Definition: the time period during which you are at work

Definitions for (verb) shift

Main entry: change over, shift, switch

Definition: make a shift in or exchange of

Usage: First Joe led; then we switched

Main entry: shift

Definition: move and exchange for another

Usage: shift the date for our class reunion

Main entry: switch, change, shift

Definition: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

Usage: switch to a different brand of beer; She switched psychiatrists; The car changed lanes

Main entry: shift

Definition: change gears

Usage: you have to shift when you go down a steep hill

Main entry: shift

Definition: move from one setting or context to another

Usage: shift the emphasis; shift one's attention

Main entry: shift

Definition: change in quality

Usage: His tone shifted

Main entry: shift

Definition: change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change

Usage: Grimm showed how the consonants shifted

Main entry: shift

Definition: use a shift key on a keyboard

Usage: She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case

Main entry: shift, lurch, pitch

Definition: move abruptly

Usage: The ship suddenly lurched to the left

Main entry: shift, reposition, dislodge

Definition: change place or direction

Usage: Shift one's position

Main entry: careen, tilt, shift, wobble

Definition: move sideways or in an unsteady way

Usage: The ship careened out of control

Main entry: budge, shift, stir, agitate

Definition: move very slightly

Usage: He shifted in his seat

Main entry: shift, transfer

Definition: move around

Usage: transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket

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