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Alter vs. Shift

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Alterverb

(transitive) To change the form or structure of.

Shiftnoun

(historical) A type of women's undergarment, a slip.

‘Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.’;

Alterverb

(intransitive) To become different.

Shiftnoun

A change of workers, now specifically a set group of workers or period of working time.

‘We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.’;

Alterverb

(transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit.

Shiftnoun

An act of shifting; a slight movement or change.

‘There was a shift in the political atmosphere.’;

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Alterverb

(transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).

Shiftnoun

(US) The gear mechanism in a motor vehicle.

‘Does it come with a stick-shift?’;

Alterverb

(transitive) To affect mentally, as by psychotropic drugs or illness.

Shiftnoun

alternative spelling of Shift||a modifier button of computer keyboards.

‘If you press shift-P, the preview display will change.’;

Alternoun

One of the identities or personalities of a person with multiple personality disorder / dissociative identity disorder.

Shiftnoun

(computing) A bit shift.

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Alterverb

To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.

‘It gilds all objects, but it alters none.’; ‘My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.’;

Shiftnoun

(baseball) The infield shift.

‘Teams often use the shift against this lefty.’;

Alterverb

To agitate; to affect mentally.

Shiftnoun

The act of kissing passionately.

Alterverb

To geld.

Shiftnoun

(archaic) A contrivance, device to try when other methods fail.

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Alterverb

To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure.

Shiftnoun

(archaic) A trick, an artifice.

Alterverb

cause to change; make different; cause a transformation;

‘The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city’; ‘The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue’;

Shiftnoun

In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.

Alterverb

make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence;

‘her mood changes in accordance with the weather’; ‘The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season’;

Shiftnoun

(mining) A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.

Alterverb

make an alteration to;

‘This dress needs to be altered’;

Shiftnoun

(genetics) A mutation in which the DNA or RNA from two different sources (such as viruses or bacteria) combine.

Alterverb

insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

Shiftverb

(transitive) To change, swap.

Alterverb

remove the ovaries of;

‘Is your cat spayed?’;

Shiftverb

(transitive) To move from one place to another; to redistribute.

‘We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.’;

Alterverb

change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way

‘our outward appearance alters as we get older’; ‘Eliot was persuaded to alter the passage’;

Shiftverb

(intransitive) To change position.

‘She shifted slightly in her seat.’; ‘His political stance shifted daily.’;

Alterverb

make structural changes to (a building)

‘plans to alter the dining hall’;

Shiftverb

To change (one's clothes); also to change (someone's) underclothes.

Alterverb

castrate or spay (a domestic animal).

Shiftverb

(intransitive) To change gears (in a car).

‘I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.’;

Shiftverb

(typewriters) To move the keys of a typewriter over in order to type capital letters and special characters.

Shiftverb

(computer keyboards) To switch to a character entry mode for capital letters and special characters.

Shiftverb

To manipulate a binary number by moving all of its digits left or right; compare rotate.

‘Shifting 1001 to the left yields 10010; shifting it right yields 100.’;

Shiftverb

To remove the first value from an array.

Shiftverb

(transitive) To dispose of.

‘How can I shift a grass stain?’;

Shiftverb

(intransitive) To hurry.

‘If you shift, you might make the 2:19.’;

Shiftverb

To engage in sexual petting.

Shiftverb

(archaic) To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage.

Shiftverb

To practice indirect or evasive methods.

Shiftverb

To divide; to distribute; to apportion.

‘To which God of his bounty would shiftCrowns two of flowers well smelling.’;

Shiftverb

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.

‘Hastily he schifte him[self].’; ‘Pare saffron between the two St. Mary's days,Or set or go shift it that knowest the ways.’;

Shiftverb

To change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails.

‘Carrying the oar loose, [they] shift it hither and thither at pleasure.’;

Shiftverb

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.

‘I would advise you to shift a shirt.’;

Shiftverb

To change the clothing of; - used reflexively.

‘As it were to ride day and night; and . . . not to have patience to shift me.’;

Shiftverb

To put off or out of the way by some expedient.

‘Shift the scene for half an hour;Time and place are in thy power.’;

Shiftverb

To divide; to distribute.

‘Some this, some that, as that him liketh shift.’;

Shiftverb

To make a change or changes; to change position; to move; to veer; to substitute one thing for another; - used in the various senses of the transitive verb.

‘The sixth age shiftsInto the lean and slippered pantaloon.’; ‘Here the Baillie shifted and fidgeted about in his seat.’;

Shiftverb

To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage.

‘Men in distress will look to themselves, and leave their companions to shift as well as they can.’;

Shiftverb

To practice indirect or evasive methods.

‘All those schoolmen, though they were exceeding witty, yet better teach all their followers to shift, than to resolve by their distinctions.’;

Shiftverb

To slip to one side of a ship, so as to destroy the equilibrum; - said of ballast or cargo; as, the cargo shifted.

Shiftnoun

The act of shifting.

‘My going to Oxford was not merely for shift of air.’; ‘I 'll find a thousand shifts to get away.’; ‘Little souls on little shifts rely.’;

Shiftnoun

Something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under-garment; a chemise.

Shiftnoun

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.

Shiftnoun

In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.

Shiftnoun

A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.

Shiftnoun

A change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin.

‘[They] made a shift to keep their own in Ireland.’;

Shiftnoun

an event in which something is displaced without rotation

Shiftnoun

a qualitative change

Shiftnoun

the time period during which you are at work

Shiftnoun

the act of changing one thing or position for another;

‘his switch on abortion cost him the election’;

Shiftnoun

the act of moving from one place to another;

‘his constant shifting disrupted the class’;

Shiftnoun

(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’;

Shiftnoun

a group of workers who work for a specific period of time

Shiftnoun

a woman's sleeveless undergarment

Shiftnoun

a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

Shiftverb

make a shift in or exchange of;

‘First Joe led; then we switched’;

Shiftverb

change place or direction;

‘Shift one's position’;

Shiftverb

move around;

‘transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket’;

Shiftverb

move very slightly;

‘He shifted in his seat’;

Shiftverb

move from one setting or context to another;

‘shift the emphasis’; ‘shift one's attention’;

Shiftverb

change in quality;

‘His tone shifted’;

Shiftverb

move and exchange for another;

‘shift the date for our class reunion’;

Shiftverb

move sideways or in an unsteady way;

‘The ship careened out of control’;

Shiftverb

move abruptly;

‘The ship suddenly lurched to the left’;

Shiftverb

use a shift key on a keyboard;

‘She could not shift so all ther letters are written in lower case’;

Shiftverb

change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change;

‘Grimm showed how the consonants shifted’;

Shiftverb

change gears;

‘you have to shift when you go down a steep hill’;

Shiftverb

lay aside, abandon, or leave for another;

‘switch to a different brand of beer’; ‘She switched psychiatrists’; ‘The car changed lanes’;

Shiftverb

move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance

‘a team from the power company came to shift the cables away from the house’; ‘the roof cracked and shifted’;

Shiftverb

change the position of one's body, especially because one is nervous or uncomfortable

‘he shifted a little in his chair’;

Shiftverb

change the emphasis, direction, or focus of

‘she's shifting the blame on to me’;

Shiftverb

change in emphasis, direction, or focus

‘the wind had shifted to the east’; ‘the balance of power shifted abruptly’;

Shiftverb

move quickly

‘you'll have time for a bite if you shift’;

Shiftverb

move from a place or rouse oneself from a state of inactivity

‘shift yourself, Ruby, do something useful and get the plates’;

Shiftverb

move (data) to the right or left in a register

‘the partial remainder is shifted left’;

Shiftverb

remove (a stain)

‘thorough cleaning is necessary to shift all cooking residues’;

Shiftverb

sell (something)

‘a lot of high-priced product you simply don't know how to shift’;

Shiftverb

eat or drink (something) hastily or in large amounts.

Shiftverb

change gear in a vehicle

‘she shifted down to fourth’;

Shiftnoun

a slight change in position, direction, or tendency

‘a shift in public opinion’;

Shiftnoun

the displacement of spectral lines.

Shiftnoun

a key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used to switch between two sets of characters or functions, principally between lower- and upper-case letters.

Shiftnoun

short for sound shift

Shiftnoun

the gear lever or gear-changing mechanism in a vehicle.

Shiftnoun

the positioning of successive rows of bricks so that their ends do not coincide.

Shiftnoun

a movement of the digits of a word in a register one or more places to left or right, equivalent to multiplying or dividing the corresponding number by a power of whatever number is the base.

Shiftnoun

a change of position by two or more players before the ball is put into play.

Shiftnoun

each of two or more recurring periods in which different groups of workers do the same jobs in relay

‘Anne was on the night shift’;

Shiftnoun

the group of people who work during a particular shift

‘the bus was still waiting there when the day shift went home’;

Shiftnoun

a woman's straight unwaisted dress.

Shiftnoun

a long, loose-fitting undergarment.

Shiftnoun

an ingenious or devious device or stratagem

‘the thousand shifts and devices of which Hannibal was a master’;

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