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SHIFT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shift mean? 

SHIFT (noun)
  The noun SHIFT has 10 senses:

1. an event in which something is displaced without rotation
2. a qualitative change
3. the time period during which you are at work
4. the act of changing one thing or position for another
5. the act of moving from one place to another
6. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
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
9. a woman's sleeveless undergarment
10. a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

  Familiarity information: SHIFT used as a noun is familiar.


SHIFT (verb)
  The verb SHIFT has 13 senses:

1. make a shift in or exchange of
2. change place or direction
3. move around
4. move very slightly
5. move from one setting or context to another
6. change in quality
7. move and exchange for another
8. move sideways or in an unsteady way
9. move abruptly
10. use a shift key on a keyboard
11. change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
12. change gears
13. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

  Familiarity information: SHIFT used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHIFT (noun)


Sense 1shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event in which something is displaced without rotation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

shift; displacement

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

translation (a uniform movement without rotation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shift"):

luxation (displacement or misalignment of a joint or organ)

amplitude ((physics) the maximum displacement of a periodic wave)


Sense 2shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A qualitative change

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

transformation; shift; transmutation

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

alteration; change; modification (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shift"):

weakening (becoming weaker)

strengthening (becoming stronger)

degeneration; retrogression (passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form)

changeover; conversion; transition (an event that results in a transformation)

tin disease; tin pest; tin plague (the transformation of ordinary white tin into powdery grey tin at very cold temperatures)

sublimation ((chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid)

sea change (a profound transformation)

pyrolysis (transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat)

population shift (a change in the relative numbers of the different groups of individuals making up a population)

advance; betterment; improvement (a change for the better; progress in development)


Sense 3shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The time period during which you are at work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

work shift; duty period; shift

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

hours (a period of time assigned for work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shift"):

split shift (a working shift divided into two periods of time with several hours in between)

graveyard shift; night shift (the work shift during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.))

evening shift; swing shift (the work shift during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight))

day shift (the work shift during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.))

watch (a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty)

trick (a period of work or duty)

go; spell; tour; turn (a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else))

Holonyms ("shift" is a part of...):

workday; working day (the amount of time that a worker must work for an agreed daily wage)


Sense 4shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of changing one thing or position for another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

switching; shift; switch

Context example:

his switch on abortion cost him the election

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shift"):

switcheroo (a sudden unexpected switch)


Sense 5shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of moving from one place to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

shifting; shift

Context example:

his constant shifting disrupted the class

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

motion; move; movement (the act of changing location from one place to another)


Sense 6shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

geological fault; faulting; fault; fracture; break; shift

Context examples:

they built it right over a geological fault / he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

cleft; crack; crevice; fissure; scissure (a long narrow opening)

Meronyms (parts of "shift"):

fault line ((geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface)

Domain category:

geology (a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shift"):

strike-slip fault (a geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally)

inclined fault (a geological fault in which one side is above the other)

Instance hyponyms:

San Andreas Fault (a major geological fault in California; runs from San Diego to San Francisco; the source of serious earthquakes)

Denali Fault (a major open geological fault in Alaska)


Sense 7shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

crew; gang; work party (an organized group of workmen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shift"):

day shift; day watch (workers who work during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.))

evening shift (workers who work during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight))

graveyard shift; night shift (workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.))

relay (a crew of workers who relieve another crew)

Holonyms ("shift" is a part of...):

hands; manpower; men; work force; workforce (the force of workers available)


Sense 8shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

shift key; shift

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

key (a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed)

Holonyms ("shift" is a part of...):

typewriter keyboard (a keyboard for manually entering characters to be printed)


Sense 9shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A woman's sleeveless undergarment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

chemise; shimmy; teddy; shift; slip

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

undergarment; unmentionable (a garment worn under other garments)

Meronyms (parts of "shift"):

shoulder strap; strap (a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag)


Sense 10shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

chemise; sack; shift

Hypernyms ("shift" is a kind of...):

dress; frock (a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice)


SHIFT (verb)


Sense 1shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a shift in or exchange of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

change over; shift; switch

Context example:

First Joe led; then we switched

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shift"):

veer (shift to a clockwise direction)

back (shift to a counterclockwise direction)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change place or direction

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

reposition; dislodge; shift

Context example:

Shift one's position

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shift"):

beat down (dislodge from a position)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move around

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

transfer; shift

Context example:

transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shift"):

remove; transfer (shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes)

carry forward; carry over (transfer from one time period to the next)

bunker (transfer cargo from a ship to a warehouse)

transship (transfer for further transportation from one ship or conveyance to another)

shuffle (move about, move back and forth)

carry (transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication)

shunt (transfer to another track, of trains)

transpose (transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality)

translocate (transfer (a chromosomal segment) to a new position)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move very slightly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

budge; stir; agitate; shift

Context example:

He shifted in his seat

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

The crowds shift in the streets


Sense 5shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move from one setting or context to another

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

shift the emphasis / shift one's attention

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shift"):

transfer; transplant; transpose (transfer from one place or period to another)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change in quality

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

His tone shifted

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 7shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move and exchange for another

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

shift the date for our class reunion

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

replace; substitute (put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move sideways or in an unsteady way

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

careen; wobble; tilt; shift

Context example:

The ship careened out of control

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 9shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move abruptly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

pitch; lurch; shift

Context example:

The ship suddenly lurched to the left

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 10shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use a shift key on a keyboard

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

type; typewrite (write by means of a keyboard with types)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 11shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Grimm showed how the consonants shifted

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Domain category:

phonetics (the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 12shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change gears

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

you have to shift when you go down a steep hill

Hypernyms (to "shift" is one way to...):

change; shift; switch (lay aside, abandon, or leave for another)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 13shift [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

switch; change; shift

Context examples:

switch to a different brand of beer / She switched psychiatrists / The car changed lanes

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shift"):

break (change directions suddenly)

cut (make an abrupt change of image or sound)

diphthongise; diphthongize (change from a simple vowel to a diphthong)

jump; leap (pass abruptly from one state or topic to another)

channel-surf; surf (switch channels, on television)

break (change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another)

shift (change gears)

transition (make or undergo a transition (from one state or system to another))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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