verb (used with object)
to put (something) aside and replace it by another or others; change or exchange:
to shift friends; to shift ideas.
to transfer from one place, position, person, etc., to another:
to shift the blame onto someone else.
Automotive. to change (gears) from one ratio or arrangement to another.
Linguistics. to change in a systematic way, especially phonetically.
verb (used without object)
to move from one place, position, direction, etc., to another.
to manage to get along or succeed by oneself.
to get along by indirect methods; use any expediency, trick, or evasion to get along or succeed:
He shifted through life.
to change gears in driving an automobile.
Linguistics. to undergo a systematic, especially phonetic, change.
to press a shift key, as on a typewriter keyboard.
Archaic. to change one’s clothes.
a change or transfer from one place, position, direction, person, etc., to another:
a shift in the wind.
a person’s scheduled period of work, especially the portion of the day scheduled as a day’s work when a shop, service, office, or industry operates continuously during both the day and night:
She prefers the morning shift.
a group of workers scheduled to work during such a period:
The night shift reported.
Baseball. a notable repositioning by several fielders to the left or the right of their normal playing position, an occasional strategy against batters who usually hit the ball to the same side of the field.
Automotive. a gearshift.
a straight, loose-fitting dress worn with or without a belt.
a woman’s chemise or slip.
Football. a lateral or backward movement from one position to another, usually by two or more offensive players just before the ball is put into play.
Mining. a dislocation of a seam or stratum; fault.
Music. a change in the position of the left hand on the fingerboard in playing a stringed instrument.
a change or system of parallel changes that affects the sound structure of a language, as the series of related changes in the English vowel system from Middle English to Modern English.
a change in the meaning or use of a word.
Compare functional shift.
an expedient; ingenious device.
an evasion, artifice, or trick.
change or substitution.
Bridge. shift bid.
any of successive crops.
the tract of land used.
an act or instance of using the shift key, as on a typewriter keyboard.
shift gears. gear (def 19).
to move or cause to move from one place or position to another
(transitive) to change for another or others
to change (gear) in a motor vehicle
(intransitive) (of a sound or set of sounds) to alter in a systematic way
(intransitive) to provide for one’s needs (esp in the phrase shift for oneself)
(intransitive) to proceed by indirect or evasive methods
to remove or be removed, esp with difficulty: no detergent can shift these stains
(intransitive) (slang) to move quickly
(transitive) (computing) to move (bits held in a store location) to the left or right
the act or an instance of shifting
a group of workers who work for a specific period
the period of time worked by such a group
an expedient, contrivance, or artifice
the displacement of rocks, esp layers or seams in mining, at a geological fault
an underskirt or dress with little shaping
v. shift·ed, shift·ing, shifts
To move or transfer from one place or position to another.
To alter position or place.
To exchange one thing for another of the same type or class.
A change from one person or configuration to another; a substitution.
A change in position.
Scalable Heterogeneous Integrated Facility Testbed. A parallel processing project at CERN.
adjective 1. able or designed to be shifted, changed, or removed: shiftable furniture. 2. able to be transferred from one owner to another: shiftable stocks and bonds.
noun, Bridge. 1. a bid in a suit different from the suit just bid by one’s partner.
noun 1. a person or thing that shifts. 2. Informal. shift lever.
- Shift for oneself
Also, fend for oneself. Provide for one’s own needs, as in Don’t worry about Anne; she’s very good at shifting for herself, or The children had to fend for themselves after school. The first term, using shift in the now obsolete sense of “manage,” was first recorded about 1513; the variant, using fend for in […]