Definition Of shift


a slight change in position, direction, or tendency.

a shift of wind took us by surprise

a woman's straight, unwaisted dress.

Today she is wearing a simple shift dress and no make-up and the sight of her looking so ordinary and conventional is indeed slightly shocking.

an ingenious or devious device or stratagem.

the thousand shifts and devices of which Hannibal was a master

move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance.

I shift the weight back to the other leg

one of two or more recurring periods in which different groups of workers do the same jobs in relay.

the night shift

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Example Of shift

  • "I cannot trust thee," cried the Assassin; for when I am gone thou wilt return to thy old courses, and, by some ingenious shift or other, contrive to free thyself from the obligation of thy oath."

  • shift of emphasis

  • a shift of wind took us by surprise

  • A dozen officers were tied up with filling out reports for two and a half hours before they rounded off their shift with a patrol in the police van.

  • And while we might be tough on price, we do shift some volume.

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