from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A moving or removal; change from one place, position, or state to another; change.
  • noun Recourse to shifts, or petty expedients; artifice; shift.
  • Changing; changeable or changeful; varying; unstable: as, shifting winds.
  • Shifty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Changing in place, position, or direction; varying; variable; fickle.
  • adjective Adapted or used for shifting anything.
  • adjective (Naut.) temporary stays that have to be let go whenever the vessel tacks or jibes.
  • adjective ballast which may be moved from one side of a vessel to another as safety requires.
  • adjective See Metacenter.
  • adjective See Switching engine, under Switch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of shift.
  • noun A shift; a shifting movement.

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

  • adjective (of soil) unstable
  • adjective changing position or direction
  • noun the act of moving from one place to another
  • adjective continuously varying


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