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shift

noun (n)

  • an event in which something is displaced without rotation (noun.event)
    Synonym: displacement
    source: wordnet30
  • a qualitative change (noun.event)
    source: wordnet30
  • the time period during which you are at work (noun.time)
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of changing one thing or position for another (noun.act)
    Synonym: switch, switching
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of moving from one place to another (noun.act)
    Synonym: shifting
    Example:
    His constant shifting disrupted the class.
    source: wordnet30
  • (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other (noun.object)
    source: wordnet30
  • a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time (noun.group)
    source: wordnet30
  • the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: shift key
    source: wordnet30
  • a woman's sleeveless undergarment (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: chemise, shimmy, slip, teddy
    source: wordnet30
  • a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: chemise, sack
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of shifting. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • make a shift in or exchange of (verb.change)
    Synonym: change over, switch
    source: wordnet30
  • change place or direction (verb.motion)
    Synonym: dislodge, reposition
    Example:
    Shift one's position.
    source: wordnet30
  • move around (verb.motion)
    Synonym: transfer
    source: wordnet30
  • move very slightly (verb.motion)
    Synonym: agitate, budge, stir
    Example:
    He shifted in his seat.
    source: wordnet30
  • move from one setting or context to another (verb.change)
    Example:
    Shift the emphasis.
    Shift one's attention.
    source: wordnet30
  • change in quality (verb.change)
    Example:
    His tone shifted.
    source: wordnet30
  • move and exchange for another (verb.change)
    Example:
    Shift the date for our class reunion.
    source: wordnet30
  • move sideways or in an unsteady way (verb.motion)
    Synonym: careen, tilt, wobble
    source: wordnet30
  • move abruptly (verb.motion)
    Synonym: lurch, pitch
    source: wordnet30
  • use a shift key on a keyboard (verb.communication)
    Example:
    She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case.
    source: wordnet30
  • change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change (verb.change)
    Example:
    Grimm showed how the consonants shifted.
    source: wordnet30
  • change gears (verb.change)
    Example:
    You have to shift when you go down a steep hill.
    source: wordnet30
  • lay aside, abandon, or leave for another (verb.change)
    Synonym: change, switch
    source: wordnet30
  • To divide; to distribute; to apportion. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To divide; to distribute. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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