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Definition of Shift


  1. To divide; to distribute; to apportion.
  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.
  3. To change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails.
  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.
  5. To change the clothing of; -- used reflexively.
  6. To put off or out of the way by some expedient.
  7. The act of shifting.
  8. The act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution.
  9. Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under-garment; a chemise.
  10. 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.
  11. In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.
  12. A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.
  13. A change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin.

Shift Quotations

The shift to a cleaner energy economy wont happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.
Barack Obama

The biggest barrier to dealing with climate change is us: our own attachment to habits that are hard to shift, and our great ability to park or ignore uncomfortable choices.
Geoff Mulgan

The major advances in speed of communication and ability to interact took place more than a century ago. The shift from sailing ships to telegraph was far more radical than that from telephone to email!
Noam Chomsky

Bottom line: God will not allow any person to keep you from your destiny. They may be bigger, stronger, or more powerful, but God knows how to shift things around and get you to where you're supposed to be.
Joel Osteen

The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift.
Ellen DeGeneres
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Shift Translations

shift in Dutch is verschuiving
shift in German is umschalten, Schicht/schieben, Umschaltung
shift in Italian is muovere
shift in Latin is amoveo
shift in Portuguese is deslocamento
shift in Spanish is impulsar

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