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shift

 (shĭft)
v. shift·ed, shift·ing, shifts
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
1. To change position, direction, place, or form.
2.
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.
n.
1. A change from one person or configuration to another; a substitution.
2.
a. A group of workers that relieve another on a regular schedule.
b. The working period of such a group: worked the night shift.
3.
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.
10.
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.

shifting

(ˈʃɪftɪŋ)
adj
used to describe something which is made up of parts that are continuously moving and changing position in relation to other parts
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shifting - the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class"
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
Adj.1.shifting - continuously varying; "taffeta with shifting colors"
variable - liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"
2.shifting - changing position or direction; "he drifted into the shifting crowd"; "their nervous shifting glances"; "shifty winds"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
3.shifting - (of soil) unstableshifting - (of soil) unstable; "shifting sands"; "unfirm earth"
loose - not compact or dense in structure or arrangement; "loose gravel"
Translations

shifting

[ˈʃɪftɪŋ] ADJ [sand] → movedizo; [winds] → cambiante; [values, attitudes] → cambiante
his constantly shifting moodssus cambios de humor constantes

shifting

[ˈʃɪftɪŋ] adj (sand) → mobile; (crowd) → in movimento; (opinion, scene) → mutevole
References in classic literature ?
Such," said the captain, shifting the camp-stool back again from his right hand to his left, in token that Joyce was done with for the time being; "such, my dear madam, is the Theory of Floating Vessels.
proceeded the captain, shifting the camp-stool to the scientific side of him.
White Fang resisted, and he could feel the jaws shifting their grip, slightly relaxing and coming together again in a chewing movement.
she exclaimed, after watching the shifting scenes for a few moments.
A shifting of feet and changing of positions of those in the cabin plunged Daughtry back into his polishing, which he had for the time forgotten.
Not only was the Russian army on the twenty-sixth defended by weak, unfinished entrenchments, but the disadvantage of that position was increased by the fact that the Russian commanders- not having fully realized what had happened, namely the loss of our position on the left flank and the shifting of the whole field of the forthcoming battle from right to left- maintained their extended position from the village of Novoe to Utitsa, and consequently had to move their forces from right to left during the battle.
But few instants were required, when, abruptly shifting the double horizontal rudders forward and astern, he shot upward on the tense and straining plane and out of the pit.
She herself has told me that lace is worn in hell; and as she must know how to make it, let it never be out of her hands; for when she is occupied in shifting the bobbins to and fro, the image or images of what she loves will not shift to and fro in her thoughts; this is the truth, this is my opinion, and this is my advice.
The functions of shift operation systems include shifting the parking mechanism of the vehicle, and shifting the driving force direction of the vehicle.
RAWALPINDI -- Girl students and their parents have voiced strong protest against shifting of girl students of primary classes to second shift in Government Girls High School Tench Bhata Rawalpindi.
A recent replay of the Don Larsen World Series no-hitter in 1956 showed the Dodgers shifting on Mickey Mantle, with Jackie Robinson the only infielder on the third-base side of the infield.
The Minister said the process of shifting has been started as evening shifts students of few schools and colleges including Islamabad Model Postgraduate College (IMPC), Sector H8 and IMCB sector H9 would be shifted in morning shifts after Eid ul Azha.