[ UK /ʃˈɪft/ ]
[ US /ˈʃɪft/ ]
[ US /ˈʃɪft/ ]
make a shift in or exchange of
First Joe led; then we switched
transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket
use a shift key on a keyboard
She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case
you have to shift when you go down a steep hill
move very slightly
He shifted in his seat
move sideways or in an unsteady way
The ship careened out of control
move from one setting or context to another
shift the emphasis
shift one's attention
lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
switch to a different brand of beer
She switched psychiatrists
The car changed lanes
change place or direction
Shift one's position
The ship suddenly lurched to the left
change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
Grimm showed how the consonants shifted
change in quality
His tone shifted
move and exchange for another
shift the date for our class reunion
- a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
- a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
- a woman's sleeveless undergarment
- an event in which something is displaced without rotation
- the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
the act of changing one thing or position for another
his switch on abortion cost him the election
the act of moving from one place to another
his constant shifting disrupted the class
- the time period during which you are at work
(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
he studied the faulting of the earth's crust
- a qualitative change
How To Use shift In A Sentence
- Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.
- The abrupt facies shift, bioturbation and cemented nature of the surfaces suggests that they represent marine flooding surfaces, formed during a rapid rise in relative sea level and/or a reduction in sediment supply.
- Now comes the news that her shifty lawyer father has only 48 hours to raise a lot of money or face financial ruin and imprisonment.
- His self-image is rooted in robotic toughness, like the shape-shifting, molten-metal fiend in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- Another friend notes a shift in the type of gifts given at wedding showers, a reversion to 1950s-style offerings: soup ladles and frilly aprons are being unwrapped along with see-through nighties and push-up bras.
- Thirty unarmed INS agents accompanied the flight, guarding the handcuffed deportees in shifts, standing in aircraft's aisles at every fifth row.
- With a full tank of fuel, the weight bias shifts rearwards slightly, which helps traction, as does the standard limited slip differential.
- Regin downshifted, tires squealing as she swerved to dodge a roadkill-bound possum. Dreams of a Dark Warrior
- It is also shifting plenty of feminine, lacy lingerie, in the kind of bright colours that go well with a sun tan.
- The goal of shifting freight from road to rail has been quietly abandoned.