AskDefine | Define shifting

Dictionary Definition

shifting adj
1 continuously moving or changing from position or direction; "he drifted into the shifting crowd"; "their nervous shifting glances"
2 continuously varying; "taffeta with shifting colors"
3 (of soil) unstable; "shifting sands"; "unfirm earth" [syn: unfirm] n : the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class" [syn: shift]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of shift

Extensive Definition

Shift generally means to change (position).
Shift may refer to:
In mathematics and computing:

See also

shifting in Dutch: Shift
shifting in Japanese: シフト
shifting in Simple English: Shift

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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