Definitions for SHIFTʃɪft
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word SHIFT
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to transfer from one place, position, person, etc., to another:
to shift the blame.
to put aside and replace by another; change or exchange:
to shift ideas.
to change (gears) from one ratio or arrangement to another in driving a motor vehicle.
to change phonetically in a systematic way.
(v.i.)to move from one place, position, direction, etc., to another.
to manage to get along or succeed by oneself.
to use expedients, tricks, or evasion to get along or succeed.
to change gears in driving a motor vehicle.
(of sounds in a language) to undergo a systematic phonetic change.
to press a shift key on a typewriter or computer as to type a capital letter.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Computers
Archaic. to change one's clothes.
(n.)a change or transfer from one place, position, direction, person, etc., to another:
a shift in the wind.
a person's scheduled period of work, esp. at a place of employment operating continuously during the day and night.
a group of workers scheduled to work during such a period.
Baseball. a repositioning by fielders as a strategy against batters who usu. hit the ball to the same side of the field.
Category: Football, Baseball, and Basketball, Sport
a straight, loose-fitting dress worn with or without a belt. a woman's chemise or slip.
Football. a lateral or backward movement by offensive players just before the ball is put into play.
a change or a system of parallel changes that affects the sound structure of a language. a change in the meaning or use of a word.
an expedient; ingenious device.
an evasion, artifice, or trick.
change or substitution.
an act or instance of using the shift key, as on a typewriter.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of shift:
bef. 1000; (v.) ME: to arrange, OE sciftan, c. OFris skifta, OHG schihten, ON skipta to divide
an event in which something is displaced without rotation
transformation, transmutation, shift(noun)
a qualitative change
shift, work shift, duty period(noun)
the time period during which you are at work
switch, switching, shift(noun)
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"
fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break(noun)
(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 crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
shift key, shift(noun)
the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
chemise, shimmy, shift, slip, teddy(noun)
a woman's sleeveless undergarment
chemise, sack, shift(verb)
a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
switch, change over, shift(verb)
make a shift in or exchange of
"First Joe led; then we switched"
shift, dislodge, reposition(verb)
change place or direction
"Shift one's position"
"transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"
stir, shift, budge, agitate(verb)
move very slightly
"He shifted in his seat"
move from one setting or context to another
"shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention"
change in quality
"His tone shifted"
move and exchange for another
"shift the date for our class reunion"
careen, wobble, shift, tilt(verb)
move sideways or in an unsteady way
"The ship careened out of control"
lurch, pitch, shift(verb)
"The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
use a shift key on a keyboard
"She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"
change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
"Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
"you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
switch, shift, change(verb)
lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
"switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to change or cause to change gradually
The energy company has shifted its focus to wind power.; The way health care is delivered is shifting.
to cause sb else to have responsibility
He wants to shift the burden of taxes to the wealthy.
to move by small amounts
He shifted to the left.; The whole house had shifted in the earthquake.
a period during which sb works
I'm working the 9 to 7 shift.; the day/night shift
a slight or gradual change
a shift in the balance of power; a shift toward the political right
a type of women's undergarment, a slip
Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.
a change of workers, now specifically a set group of workers or period of working time
We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.
an act of shifting; a slight movement or change
There was a shift in the political atmosphere.
the gear mechanism in a motor vehicle
Does it come with a stick-shift?
a bit shift
The infield shift.
Teams often use the shift against this lefty.
The act of sexual petting.
To change, swap.
His political stance shifted daily.
to move from one place to another; to redistribute.
We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.
to change position.
She shifted slightly in her seat.
To change (one's clothes); also to change (someone's) underclothes.
To change gears (in a car).
I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.
to manipulate a binary number by moving all of its digits left or right; compare rotate
to remove the first value from an array.
to dispose of.
How can I shift a grass stain?
If you shift, you might make the 2:19.
to engage in sexual petting.
A modifier key whose main function is shifting between two or more functions of any of certain other keys (usually by pressing Shift and the other button simultaneously).
Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.
Origin: sciftan, from skiftanan. Cognate with Dutch schiften, German schichten, Norwegian skifte.
to divide; to distribute; to apportion
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
to change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails
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
to change the clothing of; -- used reflexively
to put off or out of the way by some expedient
the act of shifting
the act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution
something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under-garment; a chemise
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
in building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints
a breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault
a change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin
Shift is the final studio album by Swedish grindcore band Nasum. It was released on October 26, 2004, by Burning Heart Records in Sweden and on Relapse Records in North America. After this album was released, Mieszko Talarczyk died during the 2004 Tsunami. This was followed by the disbanding of Nasum.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3811
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3387
Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Nouns Frequency: #1278
Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Verbs Frequency: #502
Translations for SHIFT
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a change (of position etc)
a shift of emphasis.
- تَغيير وَضْع أو مكان الشيءArabic
- mudançaPortuguese (BR)
- die VeränderungGerman
- skift; flytningDanish
- μετάθεση, μετατόπισηGreek
- muutus, niheEstonian
- تغيير مكانFarsi
- promjena (mjesta, položaja)Croatian
- perkėlimas, perstatymasLithuanian
- mainīšana; pārvietošanaLatvian
- endring, skifteNorwegian
- تغيير مكانPersian
- förändring, förskjutningSwedish
- değişiklik, değişme, değişimTurkish
- 轉移Chinese (Trad.)
- переміщення, перенесенняUkrainian
- sự thay đổiVietnamese
- 去掉Chinese (Simp.)
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