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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    n 1: an event in which something is displaced without rotation
         [syn: shift, displacement]
    2: a qualitative change [syn: transformation, transmutation,
    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,
    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]
    v 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
    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
    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]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Shift \Shift\ (sh[i^]ft), v. t. [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, n., shiver, n.]
   1. To divide; to distribute; to apportion. [Obs.]
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            To which God of his bounty would shift
            Crowns two of flowers well smelling.  --Chaucer.
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   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.
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            Hastily he schifte him[self].         --Piers
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            Pare saffron between the two St. Mary's days,
            Or set or go shift it that knowest the ways.
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   3. To change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to
      turn; as, to shift the helm or sails.
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            Carrying the oar loose, [they] shift it hither and
            thither at pleasure.                  --Sir W.
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   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.
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            I would advise you to shift a shirt.  --Shak.
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   5. To change the clothing of; -- used reflexively. [Obs.]
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            As it were to ride day and night; and . . . not to
            have patience to shift me.            --Shak.
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   6. To put off or out of the way by some expedient. "I shifted
      him away." --Shak.
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   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.
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            Shift the scene for half an hour;
            Time and place are in thy power.      --Swift.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Shift \Shift\, v. i.
   1. To divide; to distribute. [Obs.]
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            Some this, some that, as that him liketh shift.
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   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.
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            The sixth age shifts
            Into the lean and slippered pantaloon. --Shak.
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            Here the Baillie shifted and fidgeted about in his
            seat.                                 --Sir W.
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   3. To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to
      contrive; to manage.
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            Men in distress will look to themselves, and leave
            their companions to shift as well as they can.
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   4. To practice indirect or evasive methods.
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            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.
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   5. (Naut.) To slip to one side of a ship, so as to destroy
      the equilibrum; -- said of ballast or cargo; as, the cargo
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4. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Shift \Shift\, n. [Cf. Icel. skipti. See Shift, v. t.]
   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;
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                My going to Oxford was not merely for shift of
                air.                              --Sir H.
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      (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."
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                I 'll find a thousand shifts to get away.
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                Little souls on little shifts rely. --Dryden.
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   2. Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's
      under-garment; a chemise.
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   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.
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   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.
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   5. (Mining) A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a
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   6. (Mus.) A change of the position of the hand on the finger
      board, in playing the violin.
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   To make shift, to contrive or manage in an exigency. "I
      shall make shift to go without him." --Shak.
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            [They] made a shift to keep their own in Ireland.
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5. The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018)

   Scalable Heterogeneous Integrated Facility Testbed.  A
   parallel processing project at CERN.

Thesaurus Results for Shift:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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