Definition and Meanings for shift

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Shift is ranked 2,286 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of shift

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of shift

oe. shiften, schiften, to divide, change, remove. as. sciftan to divide; akin to lg. & d. schiften to divide, distinguish, part icel. skipta to divide, to part, to shift, to change, dan skifte, sw. skifta, and probably to icel. sk to cut into slices, as n., a slice, and to e. shive, sheave, n., shiver, n cf. icel. skipti. see shift, v. t.pos

Meaning of shift


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.

as intransitive verb

  • to divide; to distribute.
  • to make a change or changes; to change position; to move; to veer; to substitute one thing for another; -- used in the various senses of the transitive verb.
  • to resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage.
  • to practice indirect or evasive methods.
  • to slip to one side of a ship, so as to destroy the equilibrum; -- said of ballast or cargo; as, the cargo shifted.

as noun, transitive verb

  • 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.
  • No antonyms for shift

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