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shift as in an event in which something is displaced without rotation

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    • displacement act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics ; an event in which something is displaced without rotation ; the act of uniform movement ; (chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound ; (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one ; to move something from its natural environment ; act of removing from office or employment
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    shift as in a qualitative change

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      • transformation a qualitative change ; (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system ; a rule describing the conversion of one syntactic structure into another related syntactic structure ; (genetics) modification of a cell or bacterium by the uptake and incorporation of exogenous DNA ; the act of changing in form or shape or appearance
      • transmutation an act that changes the form or character or substance of something ; a qualitative change ; (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)
      shift as in the time period during which you are at work

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        • work shift the time period during which you are at work
        • duty period the time period during which you are at work
        shift as in the act of changing one thing or position for another
        • "his switch on abortion cost him the election"

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        • switch change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence ; exchange or give (something) in exchange for ; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; make a shift in or exchange of; cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; flog with or as if with a flexible rod ; reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) ; control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit ; an event in which one thing is substituted for another; hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment ; a basketball maneuver; the act of changing one thing or position for another
        • switching the act of changing one thing or position for another
        shift as in the act of moving from one place to another
        • "his constant shifting disrupted the class"

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        • shifting the act of moving from one place to another; continuously varying; changing position or direction; (of soil) unstable
        shift as in (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
        • "they built it right over a geological fault"
        • "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

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        • fault put or pin the blame on ; a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; an imperfection in an object or machine; the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.); responsibility for a bad situation or event; (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
        • faulting (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
        • geological fault (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
        • fracture breaking of hard tissue such as bone; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; the act of cracking something ; violate or abuse; interrupt, break, or destroy; break into pieces; become fractured; break (a bone); fracture a bone of
        • break some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; an unexpected piece of good luck; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); a pause from doing something (as work); the act of breaking something; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something ; breaking of hard tissue such as bone; the occurrence of breaking; an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion); the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool ; (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; a sudden dash; any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; an escape from jail; terminate; become separated into pieces or fragments; render inoperable or ineffective; ruin completely; destroy the integrity of; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; move away or escape suddenly; scatter or part; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; prevent completion; enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; make submissive, obedient, or useful; fail to agree with; surpass in excellence; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; come into being; stop operating or functioning; interrupt a continued activity; make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; lessen in force or effect; be broken in; come to an end; vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; cause to give up a habit; give up; come forth or begin from a state of latency; happen or take place; cause the failure or ruin of; invalidate by judicial action; discontinue an association or relation; assign to a lower position; reduce to bankruptcy; change directions suddenly ; emerge from the surface of a body of water; break down, literally or metaphorically; do a break dance; exchange for smaller units of money; destroy the completeness of a set of related items; make the opening shot that scatters the balls ; separate from a clinch, in boxing; go to pieces; break a piece from a whole; become punctured or penetrated; pierce or penetrate; be released or become known; cease an action temporarily; interrupt the flow of current in; undergo breaking; find a flaw in; find the solution or key to; change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; happen; become fractured; crack; fall sharply; fracture a bone of; diminish or discontinue abruptly; weaken or destroy in spirit or body
        shift as in a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
          shift as in the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters

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            • shift key the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
            shift as in a woman's sleeveless undergarment

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              • chemise a woman's sleeveless undergarment ; a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
              • shimmy tremble or shake; dance a shimmy ; an abnormal wobble in a motor vehicle (especially in the front wheels); a woman's sleeveless undergarment ; lively dancing (usually to ragtime music) with much shaking of the shoulders and hips
              • slip move stealthily; insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly; move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner; get worse; move smoothly and easily; to make a mistake or be incorrect ; pass on stealthily; move easily; cause to move with a smooth or sliding motion; pass out of one's memory ; move out of position; a socially awkward or tactless act ; a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc. ; potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics ; a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting ; a young and slender person; a place where a craft can be made fast ; an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall; a slippery smoothness; artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material ; a small sheet of paper; a woman's sleeveless undergarment ; bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; an unexpected slide ; a flight maneuver; the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
              • teddy plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials) ; a woman's sleeveless undergarment
              shift as in a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

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                • chemise a woman's sleeveless undergarment ; a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
                • sack plunder (a town) after capture; terminate the employment of; make as a net profit; put in a sack; a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases ; an enclosed space; the quantity contained in a sack ; any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry) ; a woman's full loose hiplength jacket ; a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist ; the plundering of a place by an army or mob; the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
                shift as in make a shift in or exchange of
                • "First Joe led"
                • "then we switched"

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                • switch change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence ; exchange or give (something) in exchange for ; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; make a shift in or exchange of; cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; flog with or as if with a flexible rod ; reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) ; control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit ; an event in which one thing is substituted for another; hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment ; a basketball maneuver; the act of changing one thing or position for another
                • change over make a shift in or exchange of; change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy
                shift as in change place or direction
                • "Shift one's position"

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                • dislodge remove or force out from a position; change place or direction; remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied
                • reposition depositing in a warehouse; change place or direction; place into another position
                shift as in move around
                • "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"

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                • transfer the act of moving something from one location to another ; someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another; the act of transfering something from one form to another; a ticket that allows a passenger to change conveyances ; application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation ; transferring ownership ; transfer somebody to a different position or location of work ; move from one place to another; lift and reset in another soil or situation; move around; cause to change ownership; change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; send from one person or place to another; shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes; transfer from one place or period to another
                shift as in move very slightly
                • "He shifted in his seat"

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                • stir a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event; emotional agitation and excitement ; a rapid active commotion ; move an implement through; move very slightly; stir feelings in; stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; affect emotionally; summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic; to begin moving; mix or add by stirring
                • budge move very slightly; United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000)
                • agitate try to stir up public opinion ; cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; move very slightly; move or cause to move back and forth; change the arrangement or position of
                shift as in move from one setting or context to another
                • "shift the emphasis"
                • "shift one's attention"
                shift as in change in quality
                • "His tone shifted"
                shift as in move and exchange for another
                • "shift the date for our class reunion"
                shift as in move sideways or in an unsteady way
                • "The ship careened out of control"

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                • careen pitching dangerously to one side ; walk as if unable to control one's movements; move sideways or in an unsteady way
                • wobble an unsteady rocking motion ; move unsteadily; move sideways or in an unsteady way; tremble or shake
                • tilt to incline or bend from a vertical position; heel over; move sideways or in an unsteady way; charge with a tilt ; a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances ; a contentious speech act; a slight but noticeable partiality; the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; pitching dangerously to one side
                shift as in move abruptly
                • "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"

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                • lurch an unsteady uneven gait ; a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage) ; abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); the act of moving forward suddenly ; walk as if unable to control one's movements; move abruptly; move slowly and unsteadily; loiter about, with no apparent aim ; defeat by a lurch
                • pitch the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration ; (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter ; a vendor's position (especially on the sidewalk); promotion by means of an argument and demonstration ; degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; any of various dark heavy viscid substances obtained as a residue ; a sports field with predetermined dimensions for playing soccer ; a high approach shot in golf ; an all-fours game in which the first card led is a trump ; abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); the action or manner of throwing something; throw or toss with a light motion; move abruptly; fall or plunge forward; set to a certain pitch; sell or offer for sale from place to place ; be at an angle; heel over; erect and fasten; throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball; hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin ; lead (a card) and establish the trump suit ; set the level or character of
                shift as in use a shift key on a keyboard
                • "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"
                shift as in change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
                • "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
                shift as in change gears
                • "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
                shift as in lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
                • "switch to a different brand of beer"
                • "She switched psychiatrists"
                • "The car changed lanes"

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                • switch change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence ; exchange or give (something) in exchange for ; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; make a shift in or exchange of; cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; flog with or as if with a flexible rod ; reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) ; control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit ; an event in which one thing is substituted for another; hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment ; a basketball maneuver; the act of changing one thing or position for another
                • change an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; a relational difference between states; the action of changing something; the result of alteration or modification; the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due; a thing that is different; a different or fresh set of clothes; coins of small denomination regarded collectively; money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency; a difference that is usually pleasant; cause to change; undergo a change; become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; change clothes; exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; give to, and receive from, one another; change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; become deeper in tone; remove or replace the coverings of

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