Definition of Shift


  • a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
  • a woman's sleeveless undergarment
  • the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
    - shift key
  • a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
  • (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
    "they built it right over a geological fault"
    "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
    - geological fault
  • the act of moving from one place to another
    "his constant shifting disrupted the class"
  • the act of changing one thing or position for another
    "his switch on abortion cost him the election"
  • the time period during which you are at work
    - work shift - duty period
  • a qualitative change
  • an event in which something is displaced without rotation


  • lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    "switch to a different brand of beer"
    "She switched psychiatrists"
    "The car changed lanes"
  • change gears
    "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
  • change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
    "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
  • use a shift key on a keyboard
    "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"
  • move abruptly
    "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
  • move sideways or in an unsteady way
    "The ship careened out of control"
  • move and exchange for another
    "shift the date for our class reunion"
  • change in quality
    "His tone shifted"
  • move from one setting or context to another
    "shift the emphasis"
    "shift one's attention"
  • move very slightly
    "He shifted in his seat"
  • move around
    "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"
  • change place or direction
    "Shift one's position"
  • make a shift in or exchange of
    "First Joe led
    then we switched"
    - change over
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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Unscramble shift

27 unscramble word found using the letters shift.

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