Definition of shift:
- 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.
- In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.
- Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under- garment; a chemise.
- The act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution.
- The act of shifting.
- 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.
- To change the clothing of; - used reflexively.
- 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 divide; to distribute; to apportion.
- 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 put off or out of the way by some expedient.
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- change (part of speech: noun)
- carry (part of speech: verb)
- deflect (part of speech: verb)
- deflection (part of speech: noun)
- move (part of speech: verb)
- "Cromwell", Shakespeare (spurious and doubtful works).
- "The Magnetic North", Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond).
- "Robert Browning", Edward Dowden.