vt the act of shifting.
2. shift ·vt to change the clothing of;
3. shift ·vt to put off or out of the way by some expedient.
4. shift ·vt a breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.
5. shift ·vt something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under-garment; a chemise.
6. shift ·vt a change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin.
7. shift ·vt to divide; to distribute; to apportion.
8. shift ·vt the act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution.
9. shift ·vt to change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails.
10. shift ·vt in building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, ·etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.
11. shift ·vt to change the place of; to move or remove from one place to another; as, to shift a burden from one shoulder to another; to shift the blame.
12. shift ·vt the change of one set of workmen for another; hence, a spell, or turn, of work; also, a set of workmen who work in turn with other sets; as, a night shift.
13. shift ·vt to exchange for another of the same class; to remove and to put some similar thing in its place; to change; as, to shift the clothes; to shift the scenes.