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Adjective: shifting  shif-ting
  1. Continuously varying
    "taffeta with shifting colours"
  2. Changing position or direction
    "he drifted into the shifting crowd"; "their nervous shifting glances";
    - shifty
  3. (of soil) unstable
    "shifting sands";
    - unfirm
Noun: shifting  shif-ting
  1. The act of moving from one place to another
    "his constant shifting disrupted the class";
    - shift
Verb: shift  shift
  1. Change place or direction
    "Shift one's position";
    - dislodge, reposition
  2. Make a shift in or exchange of
    "First Joe led; then we shifted";
    - switch, change over
  3. Move very slightly
    "He shifted in his seat";
    - stir, budge, agitate, scooch [informal]
  4. Move around
    "shift the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket";
    - transfer
  5. Move from one setting or context to another
    "shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention"
  6. Change in quality
    "His tone shifted"
  7. Move and exchange for another
    "shift the date for our class reunion"
  8. Move sideways or in an unsteady way
    "The ship shifted out of control";
    - careen, wobble, tilt
  9. Move abruptly
    "The ship suddenly shifted to the left";
    - lurch, pitch
  10. [N. Amer] Change gears
    "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
  11. Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    "shift to a different brand of beer";
    - switch, change
  12. (phonetics) change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
    "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
  13. Use a shift key on a keyboard
    "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"

Derived forms: shiftings

See also: loose, unsteady, variable

Type of: alter, change, displace, exchange, interchange, modify, motion, move, movement, replace, sub [informal], substitute, type, typewrite

Encyclopedia: Shifting