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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

There is an urgent need to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, dramatically reduce wasted energy, and significantly shift our power supplies from oil, coal, and natural gas to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources.
Bill McKibben

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

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

I know that if I could really understand mental illness, then it would be appropriate to make a big career shift. I would become a therapist and a leader in terms of mental illness. But I'm not in the position.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.

It's not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.
Kristin Armstrong
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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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