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

[Middle English shiften, from Old English sciftan, to arrange, divide.]

shift′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shifter - a stagehand responsible for moving sceneryshifter - a stagehand responsible for moving scenery
stage technician, stagehand - an employee of a theater who performs work involved in putting on a theatrical production
2.shifter - a mechanical device for engaging and disengaging gearsshifter - a mechanical device for engaging and disengaging gears; "in Britain they call a gearshift a gear lever"
mechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
automotive vehicle, motor vehicle - a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails


(Theat) → Kulissenschieber(in) m(f)
(US Aut, bicycle) → Schalthebel m
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This second generation system features a modified six-speed transmission and enables the driver to make instant gearshifts via paddles on the steering wheel or with the gear selector.
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Little `paddles' behind the steering wheel let you change gear like a Grand Prix driver or you can tap the gear selector lever or just leave the slick and quick five- speed automatic gearbox to do its work.
It features dual-display screen setup with optional premium furnishings including Milano leather and alloy and wood-grain accents, a push-button gear selector, new AcuraLink connected car system and Siri Eyes Free, a Collision Braking Mitigation system, Blind Spot Information, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist System and a new Cross Traffic Monitor.
The pulsing starter button, rotary gear selector that rises from the console when the engines starts and air vents that swivel open at the same time have been around for a couple of years now, but is still a clever piece of engineering, as is the ambient blue lighting.
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The vehicle features a joystick-style gear selector similar to those found throughout the BMW model-range, electric motors on the front wheels and a direct link to the petrol engine powering the rear wheels.
A touch of the starter button brings the engine roaring into life, while at the same time the unique gear selector rises up from its recessed position in the centre console as the touch screen illuminates.