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  1. (verb-transitive) To exchange (one thing) for another of the same class: shifted assignments among the students.
  2. (verb-transitive) To move or transfer from one place or position to another.
  3. (verb-transitive) To alter (position or place).
  4. (verb-transitive) To change (gears), as in an automobile.
  5. (verb-transitive) Linguistics To alter phonetically as part of a systematic historical change.
  6. (verb-intransitive) To change position, direction, place, or form.
  7. (verb-intransitive) To provide for one's own needs; get along: "See me safe up: for my coming down, I can shift for myself” ( Thomas More).
  8. (verb-intransitive) To get along by tricky or evasive means.
  9. (verb-intransitive) To change gears, as when driving an automobile.
  10. (verb-intransitive) Linguistics To be altered as part of a systematic historical change. Used of speech sounds.
  11. (verb-intransitive) To use a shift key.
  12. (noun) A change from one person or configuration to another; a substitution.
  13. (noun) A group of workers that relieve another on a regular schedule.
  14. (noun) The working period of such a group: worked the night shift.
  15. (noun) A means to an end; an expedient.
  16. (noun) A stratagem; a trick.
  17. (noun) A change in direction: a shift in the wind.
  18. (noun) A change in attitude, judgment, or emphasis.
  19. (noun) A change in position, as:
  20. (noun) Music A change of the hand position in playing the violin or a similar instrument.
  21. (noun) Football A rearrangement of players from one formation to another just prior to the snap of the ball.
  22. (noun) Baseball A rearrangement of one or more fielders for improved defense against a particular hitter.
  23. (noun) Geology See fault.
  24. (noun) Computer Science Movement of characters in a register to the left or right, as of the bits in a byte.
  25. (noun) An act or instance of using a shift key.
  26. (noun) Physics A change in wavelength, causing a movement of a spectral band or line.
  27. (noun) Linguistics A systematic change of the phonetic or phonemic structure of a language.
  28. (noun) Linguistics Functional shift.
  29. (noun) A loosely fitting dress that hangs straight from the shoulder; a chemise.
  30. (noun) A woman's undergarment; a slip or chemise.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. The term shift work disorder, or SWD, may be new to you. - The 17 Day Diet
  2. That's why I think the term "shift" is more accurate. - Paul Pardi: Protesting Protestantism: Why Religion Must Continue To Change
  3. This shift is code for sending the nearly three million people who live in camps, under the protection of U.N. forces, back home to their villages, where they are to be "protected" by the very Sudanese forces that have been slaughtering them for the last seven years. - Susan Morgan: Will Adam Bush Have Died in Vain?
  4. Funcom's new MMO project, The Secret World, has been in the works for some time already, and it sounds like its going to take a good while longer, the online game specialists confirming that major changes will see the title shift fundamentally from original plans. blog, Funcom's Ragnar Tornquist has said that these new changes will take a while to be implemented - seeing the game pushed back. - Jolt
  5. The fundamental block on making this shift is the Pakistan government, which appears to have powerful domestic reasons to want to be able say, even as pure fig leaf, the US military is not fighting in Pakistan. - The Volokh Conspiracy » Drone Warfare, the CIA, and Charlie Savage’s NYT Article


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