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shift

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shift \Shift\, verb (used without an object)

1. To divide; to distribute. [Obs.]

Some this, some that, as that him liketh shift. --Chaucer.

2. 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.

The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon. --Shak.

Here the Baillie shifted and fidgeted about in his seat. --Sir W. Scott.

3. To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage.

Men in distress will look to themselves, and leave their companions to shift as well as they can. --L'Estrange.

4. To practice indirect or evasive methods.

All those schoolmen, though they were exceeding witty, yet better teach all their followers to shift, than to resolve by their distinctions. --Sir W. Raleigh.

5. (Naut.) To slip to one side of a ship, so as to destroy the equilibrum; -- said of ballast or cargo; as, the cargo shifted.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shift \Shift\ (sh[i^]ft), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Shifted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shifting}.] [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[imac]fa to cut into slices, as n., a slice, and to E. shive, sheave, noun, shiver, noun]

1. To divide; to distribute; to apportion. [Obs.]

To which God of his bounty would shift Crowns two of flowers well smelling. --Chaucer.

2. 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.

Hastily he schifte him[self]. --Piers Plowman.

Pare saffron between the two St. Mary's days, Or set or go shift it that knowest the ways. --Tusser.

3. To change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails.

Carrying the oar loose, [they] shift it hither and thither at pleasure. --Sir W. Raleigh.

4. 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.

I would advise you to shift a shirt. --Shak.

5. To change the clothing of; -- used reflexively. [Obs.]

As it were to ride day and night; and . . . not to have patience to shift me. --Shak.

6. To put off or out of the way by some expedient. "I shifted him away." --Shak.

{To shift off}, to delay; to defer; to put off; to lay aside.

{To shift the scene}, to change the locality or the surroundings, as in a play or a story.

Shift the scene for half an hour; Time and place are in thy power. --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shift \Shift\, noun [Cf. Icel. skipti. See {Shift}, verb (used with an object)]

1. The act of shifting. Specifically: (a) The act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution.

My going to Oxford was not merely for shift of air. --Sir H. Wotton. (b) A turning from one thing to another; hence, an expedient tried in difficulty; often, an evasion; a trick; a fraud. "Reduced to pitiable shifts." --Macaulay.

I 'll find a thousand shifts to get away. --Shak.

Little souls on little shifts rely. --Dryden.

2. Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under-garment; a chemise.

3. 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.

4. In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.

5. (Mining) A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.

6. (Mus.) A change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin.

{To make shift}, to contrive or manage in an exigency. "I shall make shift to go without him." --Shak.

[They] made a shift to keep their own in Ireland. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

shift

noun

1: an event in which something is displaced without rotation [syn: {shift}, {displacement}]

2: a qualitative change [syn: {transformation}, {transmutation}, {shift}]

3: the time period during which you are at work [syn: {shift}, {work shift}, {duty period}]

4: the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election" [syn: {switch}, {switching}, {shift}]

5: the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class" [syn: {shift}, {shifting}]

6: (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" [syn: {fault}, {faulting}, {geological fault}, {shift}, {fracture}, {break}]

7: a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

8: the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower- case letters to upper-case letters [syn: {shift key}, {shift}]

9: a woman's sleeveless undergarment [syn: {chemise}, {shimmy}, {shift}, {slip}, {teddy}]

10: a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist [syn: {chemise}, {sack}, {shift}]

verb

1: make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched" [syn: {switch}, {change over}, {shift}]

2: change place or direction; "Shift one's position" [syn: {shift}, {dislodge}, {reposition}]

3: move around; "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket" [syn: {transfer}, {shift}]

4: move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat" [syn: {stir}, {shift}, {budge}, {agitate}]

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 careened out of control" [syn: {careen}, {wobble}, {shift}, {tilt}]

9: move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left" [syn: {lurch}, {pitch}, {shift}]

10: use a shift key on a keyboard; "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"

11: change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"

12: change gears; "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"

13: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes" [syn: {switch}, {shift}, {change}]

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