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English noun: shift

1. shift (event) an event in which something is displaced without rotation


Synonymsdisplacement


Broader (hypernym)translation


Narrower (hyponym)amplitude, luxation

2. shift (event) a qualitative change


Synonymstransformation, transmutation


Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification


Narrower (hyponym)advance, betterment, changeover, conversion, degeneration, improvement, population shift, pyrolysis, retrogression, sea change, strengthening, sublimation, tin disease, tin pest, tin plague, transition, weakening

3. shift (time) the time period during which you are at work


Synonymsduty period, work shift


Broader (hypernym)hours


Narrower (hyponym)day shift, evening shift, go, graveyard shift, night shift, spell, split shift, swing shift, tour, trick, turn, watch


Part meronymworkday, working day

4. shift (act) the act of changing one thing or position for another


SamplesHis switch on abortion cost him the election.


Synonymsswitch, switching


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)switcheroo

5. shift (act) the act of moving from one place to another


SamplesHis constant shifting disrupted the class.


Synonymsshifting


Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

6. shift (object) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other


SamplesThey built it right over a geological fault.
He studied the faulting of the earth's crust.


Synonymsbreak, fault, faulting, fracture, geological fault


Broader (hypernym)cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure


Narrower (hyponym)inclined fault, strike-slip fault


Instance hyponymDenali Fault, San Andreas Fault


Part holonymfault line


Domain categorygeology

7. shift (group) a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time


Broader (hypernym)crew, gang, work party


Narrower (hyponym)day shift, day watch, evening shift, graveyard shift, night shift, relay


Part meronymhands, manpower, men, work force, workforce

8. shift (artifact) the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters


Synonymsshift key


Broader (hypernym)key


Part meronymtypewriter keyboard

9. shift (artifact) a woman's sleeveless undergarment


Synonymschemise, shimmy, slip, teddy


Broader (hypernym)undergarment, unmentionable


Part holonymshoulder strap, strap

10. shift (artifact) a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist


Synonymschemise, sack


Broader (hypernym)dress, frock


English verb: shift

1. shift (change) make a shift in or exchange of


SamplesFirst Joe led; then we switched.


Synonymschange over, switch


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)back, veer

2. shift (motion) change place or direction


SamplesShift one's position.


Synonymsdislodge, reposition


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)beat down

3. shift (motion) move around


SamplesTransfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket.


Synonymstransfer


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)bunker, carry, carry forward, carry over, remove, shuffle, shunt, transfer, translocate, transpose, transship

4. shift (motion) move very slightly


SamplesHe shifted in his seat.


ExamplesThe crowds shift in the streets


Synonymsagitate, budge, stir


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)move

5. shift (change) move from one setting or context to another


SamplesShift the emphasis.
Shift one's attention.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)transfer, transplant, transpose

6. shift (change) change in quality


SamplesHis tone shifted.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)change

7. shift (change) move and exchange for another


SamplesShift the date for our class reunion.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)exchange, interchange, replace, substitute

8. shift (motion) move sideways or in an unsteady way


SamplesThe ship careened out of control.


Synonymscareen, tilt, wobble


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move

9. shift (motion) move abruptly


SamplesThe ship suddenly lurched to the left.


Synonymslurch, pitch


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)move

10. shift (communication) use a shift key on a keyboard


SamplesShe could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)type, typewrite

11. shift (change) change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change


SamplesGrimm showed how the consonants shifted.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)change


Domain categoryphonetics

12. shift (change) change gears


SamplesYou have to shift when you go down a steep hill.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change, shift, switch

13. shift (change) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another


SamplesSwitch to a different brand of beer.
She switched psychiatrists.
The car changed lanes.


Synonymschange, switch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)break, break, channel-surf, cut, diphthongise, diphthongize, jump, leap, shift, surf, transition


Verb groupchange, change, commute, convert, exchange









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