to (cause something or someone to) move or change from one position or direction to another, especially slightly:
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a group of workers who do a job for a period of time during the day or night, or the period of time itself:
Are you on the night shift or the day shift? (= Do you work during the night period or the day period?)
When you shift the gears of a vehicle, you move them into different positions to change the speed of the vehicle.
the period that a person is scheduled to work, or a group of workers who work during the same period of time:
shift (sth) away from sth They have shifted the emphasis of the business away from traditional manufacturing.
The sales projections were over-optimistic and left them with $100 million of stock they couldn”t shift.
an agreed period of time during the day or night when particular employees work, in a factory, hospital, etc.:
on a computer keyboard, a key that changes the letter, number, or symbol that would normally appear when you press another key at the same time:
In that way, those who occupy veto points may be bought out, thereby allowing policy to be shifted onto a new path.
An important part of the development of chemotherapy services has been the shift in administration and support for chemotherapy towards specialist nursing services.
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Including too few elements would result in numerous unnecessary focus shifts whereas including too many elements would preclude real focus shifts.
This has been described as a shift from government to governance: from representative to participatory democracy.
There was another shift in the 1980s, due to the needs of uncertain reasoning in virtually all applications of expert systems, especially in medicine.