Definitions of shift

  1.   move very slightly He shifted in his seat
  2.   geology a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other they built it right over a geological fault
  3.   move sideways or in an unsteady way as of a ship or a vehicle out of control
  4.   make a shift in or exchange of First Joe led then we switched
  5.   a woman's sleeveless undergarment
  6.   a loose fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
  7.   change place or direction Shift one's position
  8.   an event in which something is displaced without rotation
  9.   the time period during which you are at work
  10.   move around transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket
  11.   the act of changing one thing or position for another his switch on abortion cost him the election
  12.   the act of moving from one place to another his constant shifting disrupted the class
  13.   a qualitative change
  14.   a group of workers who work for a specific period of time
  15.   change in quality His tone shifted
  16.   move and exchange for another shift the date for our class reunion
  17.   lay aside abandon or leave for another switch to a different brand of beer She switched psychiatrists The car changed lanes
  18.   change gears you have to shift when you go down a steep hill
  19.   move from one setting or context to another shift the emphasis shift one's attention
  20.   change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change Grimm showed how the consonants shifted
  21.   use a shift key on a keyboard She could not shift so all ther letters are written in lower case
  22.   To divide to distribute to apportion
  23.   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
  24.   To change the position of to alter the bearings of to turn as to shift the helm or sails
  25.   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
  26.   To put off or out of the way by some expedient
  27.   The act of shifting
  28.   The act of putting one thing in the place of another or of changing the place of a thing change substitution
  29.   Something frequently shifted especially a woman's under garment a chemise
  30.   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
  31.   In building the extent or arrangement of the overlapping of plank brick stones etc that are placed in courses so as to break joints
  32.   A breaking off and dislocation of a seam a fault
  33.   A change of the position of the hand on the finger board in playing the violin
  34.   To change the clothing of used reflexively
  35.   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
  36.   To change the place of transfer to move or remove
  37.   To change position to contrive to practice evasions
  38.   Shifter
  39.   Shiftiness
  40.   To change to put out of the way to dress in fresh clothes
  41.   To change about to remove to change one's clothes to resort to expedients for some purpose
  42.   A change a contrivance an artifice last resource a chemise orig sig a change of linen
  43.   A change artifice resource chemise
  44.   To change about remove resort to expedients
  45.   To change transfer
  46.   To change try expedients manage evade
  47.   A substitute expedient trick evasion
  48.   An undergarment
  49.   A relay of workmen also the working time of each gang
  50.   Shiftily
  51.   A change a turning from one thing to another an expedient tried in difficulty a last resource fraud artifice a chemise
  52.   To change to alter to change clothes To shift about to turn quite round To shift off to defer to put away
  53.   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
  54.   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
  55.   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

Quotes of shift

  1. The way those clubs shift against Ted Williams I can't understand how he can be so stupid not to accept the challenge to him and hit to left field – Ty Cobb
  2. Now record companies are run by lawyers and accountants The shift from the one to the other was definitely related to when the takes started to get big – David Crosby
  3. There was tremendous emotion Every shift was so emotional – Marcel Dionne
  4. It's always good to get a goal on your first shift but this was a game it seemed everything was going in – Peter Forsberg
  5. Anyone who agrees to be interviewed must decide where to draw the line between what is public and what is private But the line can shift depending on who is asking the questions – Terry Gross
  6. I think an old style of addressing environmental problems is ebbing but the rise of the so -called conservative political movement in this country is not a trend towards the future but a reaction to this very broad shift that we are undergoing – Paul Hawken
  7. Thus the forces and value systems that are most threatened by this shift are becoming the most coherent and are rising to the top as minority or plurality powers But they do not represent either the shift the change or the future – Paul Hawken
  8. Thus times do shift each thing his turn does hold New things succeed as former things grow old – Robert Herrick
  9. The U S and Iraq will work together next year to shift Iraqi resources from unproductive subsidies to productive uses that enable Iraqis to earn livelihoods – Zalmay Khalilzad
  10. I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something else which extended from the visual arts into the making of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction – Jonathan Lethem
  11. If you try hard enough you can bend the spoon you can shift reality – Christopher Meloni
  12. We must shift the energy policy debate in America with an increased focus on alternative and renewable fuels and Congress must pass meaningful alternative fuels and incentive programs to help move the U S away from dependence on foreign oil – Rick Renzi
  13. Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy but begin to shift and waver as we return to reason – Laurence Sterne
  14. I believe the term modulation denotes in music the uninterrupted shift from one key to another I do not know the term for change of rhythm without change of measure – Allen Tate
  15. The Russians are turning east to the Chinese to the Europeans' surprise It always seemed to me that the relationship between Russia and China would shift from being based in Marx and Lenin to being based in oil and gas – Daniel Yergin

Usage examples for shift

  1. Rotten shift life is now murmured the Honourable George quite as if he had forgotten me – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  2. It was just at the change of shift in the office – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  3. But the difficulties of the Christian life only shift their place when faith by whatever means has been won – Robert Browning by Edward Dowden
  4. The negroes of course had to shift for themselves and hard shifting it was the women and children herding in the towns and the men working as teamsters and doing what they could – The Underdog by F. Hopkinson Smith
  5. How can I shift without the boy – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  6. Enoch did not shift his thoughtful gaze from the sweet face opposite his for a long moment after she had ceased to speak – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  7. Then snow began to shift on the ledge – Accidental Death by Peter Baily
  8. But they put me to work on the graveyard shift so I quit and come back to town – Shadow Mountain by Dane Coolidge
  9. So far we have found you in grub but we're not bound to do so and if you leave us you must shift for yourself – Blake's Burden by Harold Bindloss
  10. “ What's the necessity for a day and night shift – The Cross-Cut by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  11. “ I know you too well to throw away my advantage wherefore shift as ye may – Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion by Beatrice Clay
  12. If you could shift a little of the earth off may be it would ease me – His Big Opportunity by Amy Le Feuvre
  13. After dinner I went in one of the boats with my boy before my Lord and made shift before night to get my cabin in pretty good order – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  14. As soon as the chums had made a shift from their working clothes to the uniform of the day and had stepped outside they saw Mr Henley coming their way looking wholly proud and happy – Dave Darrin's First Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  15. We must shift the scene to the torture chamber – The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune by A. D. Crake
  16. “ I may need these men to work on a day and night shift I 'm not sure – The Cross-Cut by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  17. We shift all at once many times a Day from Hot to Cold and from Cold to Hot in a more remarkable Manner and more suddenly than in most other Countries ” – Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
  18. The final reason I urge this historic shift is much more personal for each and for every one of us ” – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  19. “ I seen women goin' a drinkin' widout a shift to their backs – Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine by Edwin Waugh
  20. It is an awkward shift for avoiding the repetition of a word which might be accomplished without it by any person who has the least command of language – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown

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