Adjective: shifting shif-ting
Noun: shifting shif-ting
- Continuously varying
"taffeta with shifting colours"
- Changing position or direction
"he drifted into the shifting crowd"; "their nervous shifting glances";
- (of soil) unstable
Verb: shift shift
- The act of moving from one place to another
"his constant shifting disrupted the class";
- Make a shift in or exchange of
"First Joe led; then we shifted";
- switch, change over
- Change place or direction
"Shift one's position";
- dislodge, reposition
- Move around
"shift the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket";
- Move very slightly
"He shifted in his seat";
- stir, budge, agitate
- Move from one setting or context to another
"shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention"
- Change in quality
"His tone shifted"
- Move and exchange for another
"shift the date for our class reunion"
- Move sideways or in an unsteady way
"The ship shifted out of control";
- careen, wobble, tilt
- Move abruptly
"The ship suddenly shifted to the left";
- lurch, pitch
- Use a shift key on a keyboard
"She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"
- (phonetics) change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
"Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
- [N. Amer] Change gears
"you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
- Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
"shift to a different brand of beer";
- switch, change
Derived forms: shiftings
See also: loose, unsteady, variable
Type of: alter, change, displace, exchange, interchange, modify, motion, move, movement, replace, sub, substitute, type, typewrite
Encyclopedia: Shifting Shift