–verb (used with object)
1. to put (something) aside and replace it by another or others; change or exchange.
2. to transfer from one place, position, person, etc., to another.
3. Automotive. to change (gears) from one ratio or arrangement to another.
4. Linguistics. to change in a systematic way, especially phonetically.
–verb (used without object)
5. to move from one place, position, direction, etc., to another.
6. to manage to get along or succeed by oneself.
7. to get along by indirect methods; use any expediency, trick, or evasion to get along or succeed.
8. to change gears in driving a vehicle.
9. Linguistics. to undergo a systematic, especially phonetic, change.
10.to press a shift key, as on a typewriter keyboard.
11.Archaic. to change one's clothes.
12.a change or transfer from one place, position, direction, person, etc., to another.
13.a person's scheduled period of work, especially the portion of the day scheduled as a day's work when a shop, service, office, or industry operates continuously during both the day and night.
14.a group of workers scheduled to work during such a period.
15.Baseball. a notable repositioning by several fielders to the left or the right of their normal playing position, an occasional strategy against batters who usually hit the ball to the same side of the field.
16.Automotive. a gearshift.
a. a straight, loose-fitting dress worn with or without a belt.
b. a woman's chemise or slip.
18.Football. a lateral or backward movement from one position to another, usually by two or more offensive players just before the ball is put into play.
19.Mining. a dislocation of a seam or stratum; fault.
20.Music. a change in the position of the left hand on the fingerboard in playing a stringed instrument.
a. a change or system of parallel changes that affects the sound structure of a language, as the series of related changes in the English vowel system from Middle English to Modern English.
b. a change in the meaning or use of a word.
22.an expedient; ingenious device.
23.an evasion, artifice, or trick.
24.change or substitution.
25.Bridge. shift bid: a bid in a suit different from the suit just bid by one's partner. .
26.Agriculture. (in crop rotation)
a. any of successive crops.
b. the tract of land used.
27.an act or instance of using the shift key, as on a typewriter keyboard.
Hours after minutes after seconds
Every single blinking moment
A subtle shift
No more than a sleight of hands
From the clock
Stealing time from under our feet.
We turn around
And tomorrow isn't quite
That other day any more
Too busy becoming yesterday.
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