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Noun shifting has 1 sense

Adjective shifting has 3 senses


  •  Changing in place, position, or direction; varying; variable; fickle; as, shifting winds; shifting opinions or principles.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Adapted or used for shifting anything.  [1913 Webster]
Shifting backstays (Naut.), temporary stays that have to be let go whenever the vessel tacks or jibes. -- Shifting ballast, ballast which may be moved from one side of a vessel to another as safety requires. -- Shifting center. See Metacenter. -- Shifting locomotive. See Switching engine, under Switch.



aberrancy, aberrant, aberration, aberrative, adrift, afloat, alternating, alternation, amorphous, bend, bias, bickering, boggling, branching off, capricious, captiousness, caviling, changeable, changeful, chicane, chicanery, circuitous, circuitousness, circumforaneous, corner, crook, curve, dangerous, declination, departing, departure, desultory, detour, deviable, deviance, deviancy, deviant, deviating, deviation, deviative, deviatory, devious, deviousness, digression, digressive, discursion, discursive, divagation, divagatory, divarication, divergence, diversion, dizzy, dodging, dogleg, double, drift, drifting, eccentric, equivocation, errant, errantry, erratic, evasion, excursion, excursive, excursus, exorbitation, fast and loose, fencing, fickle, fitful, flickering, flighty, flitting, floating, fluctuating, fluctuation, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, freakish, fugitive, gadding, giddy, gypsy-like, gypsyish, hairpin, hairsplitting, hazardous, hedging, impetuous, impulsive, inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive, indirect, indirection, infirm, insecure, insubstantial, irregular, irresolute, irresponsible, labyrinthine, landloping, logic-chopping, mazy, meandering, mercurial, migrational, migratory, moody, nit-picking, nomad, nomadic, obliquity, oscillation, out-of-the-way, paltering, parrying, pendulation, pererration, perilous, pettifoggery, planetary, precarious, prevarication, provisional, pussyfooting, quibbling, rambling, ranging, restless, risky, roaming, roving, scatterbrained, seesawing, serpentine, shaky, shapeless, sheer, shift, shifting course, shifting path, shifty, shuffling, sidestepping, skew, slant, slippery, snaky, spasmodic, spineless, straggling, stray, straying, strolling, subterfuge, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging, tack, teeter-tottering, teetering, temporary, tentative, tergiversation, ticklish, tottering, traipsing, transient, transitory, transmigratory, treacherous, trichoschistism, turn, turning, twist, twisting, unaccountable, uncertain, uncontrolled, undependable, undirected, undisciplined, unfaithworthy, unfixed, unpredictable, unreliable, unrestrained, unsettled, unsolid, unsound, unstable, unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast, unsteady, unsubstantial, unsure, untrustworthy, vacillating, vacillation, vagabond, vagrant, variable, variation, veer, veering, vicissitude, vicissitudinary, vicissitudinous, volatile, wandering, wanton, warp, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayward, whimsical, winding, wishy-washy, yaw, zigzag




N transience, transientness, evanescence, impermanence, fugacity, caducity, mortality, span, nine days' wonder, bubble, Mayfly, spurt, flash in the pan, temporary arrangement, interregnum, velocity, suddenness, changeableness, transient, transient boarder, transient guest, transient, transitory, transitive, passing, evanescent, fleeting, cursory, short-lived, ephemeral, flying, fugacious, fugitive, shifting, slippery, spasmodic, instantaneous, momentaneous, temporal, temporary, provisional, provisory, deciduous, perishable, mortal, precarious, unstable, insecure, impermanent, brief, quick, brisk, extemporaneous, summary, pressed for time, sudden, momentary, temporarily, pro tempore, for the moment, for a time, awhile, en passant, in transitu, in a short time, soon, briefly, at short notice, on the point of, on the eve of, in articulo, between cup and lip, one's days are numbered, the time is up, here today and gone tomorrow, non semper erit aestas, eheu! fugaces labuntur anni, sic transit gloria mundi, a schoolboy's tale, the wonder of the hour!, dum loquimur fugerit invidia aetas, fugit hora, all that is transitory is but an illusion.


N conversion, reduction, transmutation, resolution, assimilation, evolution, sea change, change of state, assumption, naturalization, transportation, development, developing, conversion of currency, exchange of currency, exchange rate, bureau de change, chemistry, alchemy, progress, growth, lapse, flux, passage, transit, transition, transmigration, shifting, phase, conjugation, convertibility, crucible, alembic, caldron, retort, convert, pervert, renegade, apostate, converted into, convertible, resolvable into, transitional, naturalized, gradually, &c (slowly) 275 in transitu.


N motion, movement, move, going, unrest, stream, flow, flux, run, course, stir, evolution, kinematics, telekinesis, step, rate, pace, tread, stride, gait, port, footfall, cadence, carriage, velocity, angular velocity, clip, progress, locomotion, journey, voyage, transit, restlessness, mobility, movableness, motive power, laws of motion, mobilization, moving, in motion, transitional, motory, motive, shifting, movable, mobile, mercurial, unquiet, restless, nomadic, erratic, under way, on the move, on the wing, on the tramp, on the march, eppur si muove, es bildet ein Talent sich in der Stille, sich ein Charakter in dem Strom der Welt.


N transfer, transference, translocation, elocation, displacement, metastasis, metathesis, removal, remotion, amotion, relegation, deportation, asportation, extradition, conveyance, draft, carrying, carriage, convection, conduction, contagion, transfer, transit, transition, passage, ferry, gestation, portage, porterage, carting, cartage, shoveling, vection, vecture, vectitation, shipment, freight, wafture, transmission, transport, transportation, importation, exportation, transumption, transplantation, translation, shifting, dodging, dispersion, transposition, traction, drift, transferred, drifted, movable, portable, portative, mailable, contagious, from hand to hand, from pillar to post, on the way, by the way, on the road, on the wing, under way, in transit, on course, as one goes, in transitu, en route, chemin faisant, en passant, in mid progress, in mid course.

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