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Definition 1: the act of moving from one place to another - [noun denoting act]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his constant shifting disrupted the class

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 2: the act of changing one thing or position for another - [noun denoting act]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his switch on abortion cost him the election

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of shift ) a sudden unexpected switch

Definition 3: a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice

Definition 4: a woman's sleeveless undergarment - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) a garment worn under other garments

(shift is a part of ...) a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag

Definition 5: the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

(... is part of shift) a keyboard for manually entering characters to be printed

Definition 6: an event in which something is displaced without rotation - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) a uniform movement without rotation

(... is a kind of shift ) (physics) the maximum displacement of a periodic wave

(... is a kind of shift ) displacement or misalignment of a joint or organ

Definition 7: a qualitative change - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

"the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

(... is a kind of shift ) becoming stronger

(... is a kind of shift ) passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form

(... is a kind of shift ) an event that results in a transformation

(... is a kind of shift ) the transformation of ordinary white tin into powdery grey tin at very cold temperatures

(... is a kind of shift ) (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid

(... is a kind of shift ) a profound transformation

(... is a kind of shift ) transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat

(... is a kind of shift ) a change in the relative numbers of the different groups of individuals making up a population

(... is a kind of shift ) a change for the better; progress in development

(... is a kind of shift ) becoming weaker

Definition 8: a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time - [noun denoting group]

(shift is a kind of ...) an organized group of workmen

(... is a kind of shift ) workers who work during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

(... is a kind of shift ) workers who work during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)

(... is a kind of shift ) workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)

(... is a kind of shift ) a crew of workers who relieve another crew

(... is part of shift) the force of workers available

Definition 9: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other - [noun denoting object]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they built it right over a geological fault
  • he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) a long narrow opening

(... is a kind of shift ) a geological fault in which one side is above the other

(... is a kind of shift ) a geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally

(... is an instance of shift) a major open geological fault in Alaska

(... is an instance of shift) a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes

(shift is a part of ...) (geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface

(shift belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

Definition 10: the time period during which you are at work - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) a period of time assigned for work

"they work long hours"

(... is a kind of shift ) a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)

"it's my go" "a spell of work"

(... is a kind of shift ) a period of work or duty

(... is a kind of shift ) a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty

(... is a kind of shift ) the work shift during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

(... is a kind of shift ) the work shift during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)

(... is a kind of shift ) the work shift during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)

(... is a kind of shift ) a working shift divided into two periods of time with several hours in between

(... is part of shift) the amount of time that a worker must work for an agreed daily wage

"they work an 8-hour day"

Definition 11: make a shift in or exchange of - [verb of change]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • First Joe led; then we switched

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of shift ) shift to a counterclockwise direction

"the wind backed"

(... is a kind of shift ) shift to a clockwise direction

"the wind veered"

Definition 12: move and exchange for another - [verb of change]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shift the date for our class reunion

(shift is a kind of ...) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

"the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt" "substitute regular milk for fat-free milk" "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"

Definition 13: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another - [verb of change]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • switch to a different brand of beer
  • She switched psychiatrists
  • The car changed lanes

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of shift ) change directions suddenly

(... is a kind of shift ) make an abrupt change of image or sound

"cut from one scene to another"

(... is a kind of shift ) change from a simple vowel to a diphthong

"This vowel diphthongized in Germanic"

(... is a kind of shift ) pass abruptly from one state or topic to another

"leap into fame" "jump to a conclusion" "jump from one thing to another"

(... is a kind of shift ) switch channels, on television

(... is a kind of shift ) change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another

"Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"

(... is a kind of shift ) change gears

"you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"

(... is a kind of shift ) make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another)

"The airline transitioned to more fuel-efficient jets" "The adagio transitioned into an allegro"

(shift has a similar meaning as ...) change clothes; put on different clothes

"Change before you go to the opera"

(shift has a similar meaning as ...) exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

"Could you convert my dollars into pounds?" "He changed his name" "convert centimeters into inches" "convert holdings into shares"

Definition 14: move from one setting or context to another - [verb of change]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shift the emphasis
  • shift one's attention

(shift is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer from one place or period to another

"The ancient Greek story was transplanted into Modern America"

Definition 15: change in quality - [verb of change]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His tone shifted

(shift is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

Definition 16: change gears - [verb of change]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you have to shift when you go down a steep hill

(shift is a kind of ...) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

"switch to a different brand of beer" "She switched psychiatrists" "The car changed lanes"

Definition 17: change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change - [verb of change]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Grimm showed how the consonants shifted

(shift is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(shift belongs to category ...) the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis

Definition 18: use a shift key on a keyboard - [verb of communication]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case

(shift is a kind of ...) write by means of a keyboard with types

"type the acceptance letter, please"

Definition 19: change place or direction - [verb of motion]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Shift one's position

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of shift ) dislodge from a position

"She beat the dealer down to a much better price"

Definition 20: move very slightly - [verb of motion]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He shifted in his seat

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 21: move around - [verb of motion]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of shift ) shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes

"He removed his children to the countryside" "Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city" "remove a case to another court"

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer from one time period to the next

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer cargo from a ship to a warehouse

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer for further transportation from one ship or conveyance to another

(... is a kind of shift ) move about, move back and forth

"He shuffled his funds among different accounts in various countries so as to avoid the IRS"

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication

"put down 5 and carry 2"

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer to another track, of trains

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality

(... is a kind of shift ) transfer (a chromosomal segment) to a new position

Definition 22: move abruptly - [verb of motion]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The ship suddenly lurched to the left

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

Definition 23: move sideways or in an unsteady way - [verb of motion]

Samples where shift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The ship careened out of control

Synonyms for shift in the sense of this definition

(shift is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

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