from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of employees working during the day in a factory or business.
  • n. The period of time for such work.

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  • n. Regularly scheduled work during daylight hours, especially 8AM to 4PM.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • The accident had happened at College and University, three short blocks from Headquarters; everyone in the building knew about it; half of the arriving day shift had been there.

    Blood Lines

  • Listen, it may sound like bullshit but it ain’t no worse than working day shift in Rick’s club.

    Real wifeys

  • Before me, one mature able-bodied labourer had done the day shift and another equally mature able-bodied labourer had done the night-shift.

    Chapter 20

  • I asked the operator if Jamey Cadmus had been found yet, and she referred me to the day shift supervisor, who referred me to Mainwaring.

    Over the Edge

  • Although he liked working graveyard—because it helped him avoid dealing with much of the political nonsense, and obtrusive building maintenance, which happened nine to five, as well—Gil Grissom wondered why his day shift counterpart, Conrad Ecklie, never seemed to get around to getting that fridge fixed…much less teach his people not to leave the coffee in the pot so long that it became home to new life-forms.

    Sin City


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