An example of a shift is when public sentiment changes from positive to negative.
An example of a shift is the time period between 1 and 8 which is the work period for a given set of people to work.
An example of a shift is the group of workers who work between 1 and 8.
An example of to shift is to move your arm.
An example of to shift is to shuffle papers on your desk.
Shifted assignments among the students.
A shift in the wind.
- A change of the hand position in playing the violin or a similar instrument.
- A rearrangement of players from one formation to another just prior to the snap of the ball.
- A rearrangement of one or more fielders for improved defense against a particular hitter.
- Movement of characters in a register to the left or right, as of the bits in a byte.
To shift the blame.
To shift for oneself.
We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.
She shifted slightly in her seat.
His political stance shifted daily.
As it were to ride day and night; and [...] not to have patience to shift me.
I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.
Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.
We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.
- 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds", New York Times.The generational shift Mr. Obama once embodied is, in fact, well under way, but it will not change Washington as quickly "” or as harmoniously "” as a lot of voters once hoped.
There was a shift in the political atmosphere.
If you press shift-P, the preview display will change.
Teams often use the shift against this lefty.
- To manage or do the best one can (with whatever means are at hand).
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of shift
- Middle English shiften from Old English sciftan to arrange, divide
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English schiften, from Old English sciftan (“to divide, separate into shares; appoint, ordain; arrange, organise"), from Proto-Germanic *skiftijanÄ…, *skiptijanÄ…, for earlier *skipatjanÄ… (“to organise, put in order"), from Proto-Indo-European *skeyb- (“to separate, divide, part"), from Proto-Indo-European *skÄ“y- (“to cut, divide, separate, part"). Cognate with Scots schift, skift (“to shift"), West Frisian skifte, skiftsje (“to sort"), Dutch schiften (“to sort, screen, winnow, part"), German schichten (“to stack, layer"), Swedish skifta (“to shift, change, exchange, vary"), Norwegian skifte (“to shift"), Icelandic skipta (“to switch").
- From shift.