Definitions of shift

  1. To move; to change place or direction; to give place to other things; to change clothes; to resort to expedients; to practise indirect methods; to change position or quarters.
  2. To change; try expedients; manage; evade.
  3. To divide; to distribute; to apportion.
  4. To change the place of; to move or remove from one place to another; as, to shift a burden from one shoulder to another; to shift the blame.
  5. To change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails.
  6. To exchange for another of the same class; to remove and to put some similar thing in its place; to change; as, to shift the clothes; to shift the scenes.
  7. To put off or out of the way by some expedient.
  8. The act of shifting.
  9. The act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution.
  10. Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under- garment; a chemise.
  11. The change of one set of workmen for another; hence, a spell, or turn, of work; also, a set of workmen who work in turn with other sets; as, a night shift.
  12. In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.
  13. A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.
  14. A change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin.
  15. To change the clothing of; - used reflexively.
  16. To change the place of; transfer; to move or remove.
  17. To change: to put out of the way: to dress in fresh clothes.
  18. To change; transfer.
  19. To change position; to contrive; to practice evasions.
  20. To change about: to remove: to change one's clothes: to resort to expedients for some purpose.
  21. To change about; remove; resort to expedients.
  22. change place or direction; " Shift one's position"
  23. move around; " transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"
  24. change in quality; " His tone shifted"
  25. move and exchange for another; " shift the date for our class reunion"
  26. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; " switch to a different brand of beer"; " She switched psychiatrists"; " The car changed lanes"
  27. To change; to alter; to change clothes. To shift about, to turn quite round. To shift off, to defer; to put away.
  28. To alter; to change; to change clothes; to transfer from one to another; to remove; to resort to expedients for a livelihood, or to accomplish a purpose.
  29. a loose- fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
  30. an event in which something is displaced without rotation
  31. the act of moving from one place to another; " his constant shifting disrupted the class"
  32. a group of workers who work for a specific period of time
  33. change gears; " you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
  34. move from one setting or context to another; " shift the emphasis"; " shift one's attention"
  35. change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; " Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
  36. use a shift key on a keyboard; " She could not shift so all ther letters are written in lower case"
  37. A turning from one thing to another; change; substitution; an expedient; as, to make one's way by shifts; a trick; the change of one set of workmen for another; turn of work; group of workers which takes turns with another group; a woman's chemise.
  38. Shifter.
  39. A change: a contrivance: an artifice: last resource: a chemise ( orig. sig. a change of linen).
  40. A substitute; expedient; trick; evasion.
  41. An undergarment.
  42. A relay of workmen; also, the working time of each gang.
  43. A change; a turning from one thing to another; an expedient tried in difficulty; a last resource; fraud; artifice; a chemise.
  44. An expedient; something tried when another fails; last resource; artifice; an evasion; a woman's under garment; the period during which the labourer works at a single stretch, hence the change of workmen at the expiration of the proper time.
  45. Shiftily.