Definition of Shifter

1. Noun. A stagehand responsible for moving scenery.

Exact synonyms: Sceneshifter
Generic synonyms: Stage Technician, Stagehand



2. Noun. A mechanical device for engaging and disengaging gears. "In Britain they call a gearshift a gear lever"
Exact synonyms: Gear Lever, Gearshift, Gearstick
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Device
Group relationships: Automotive Vehicle, Motor Vehicle
Derivative terms: Shift

Definition of Shifter

1. n. One who, or that which, shifts; one who plays tricks or practices artifice; a cozener.

Definition of Shifter

1. Noun. One who, or that which, shifts or changes. ¹

2. Noun. (dated) One who plays tricks or practices artifice; a cozener. ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) An assistant to the ship's cook in washing, steeping, and shifting the salt provisions. ¹

4. Noun. (engineering) An arrangement for shifting a belt sidewise from one pulley to another. ¹

5. Noun. (engineering textiles) A wire for changing a loop from one needle to another, as in narrowing, etc. ¹

6. Noun. (cycling) A component used by the rider to control the gearing mechanisms and select the desired gear ratio, usually connected to the derailleur by a mechanical actuation cable. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shifter

1. one that shifts [n -S] - See also: shifts

Medical Definition of Shifter

1. 1. One who, or that which, shifts; one who plays tricks or practices artifice; a cozener. "'T was such a shifter that, if truth were known, Death was half glad when he had got him down." (Milton) 2. An assistant to the ship's cook in washing, steeping, and shifting the salt provisions. 3. A wire for changing a loop from one needle to another, as in narrowing, etc. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shifter

shift key
shift keys
shift lever
shift register
shift to the left
shift to the right
shift work
shifta
shiftable
shiftas
shifted
shifted maxwellian
shiftee
shiftees
shifter (current term)
shifters
shiftful
shiftier
shiftiest
shiftily
shiftiness
shiftinesses
shifting
shifting cultivation
shifting dullness
shifting executory interest
shifting executory interests
shifting pacemaker
shiftingly

Literary usage of Shifter

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1906)
"Beater bars are stopped by throwing the belt from the tight to the loose pulley by means of the belt shifter. There Is no danger of operating machine that ..."

2. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1916)
"9 Transmission first speed and reversing gear shifter fork. 10 Transmission direct drive and second speed gear shifter fork. 11 Transmission direct drive ..."

3. The Art of Playwriting: Being a Practical Treatise on the Elements of by Alfred Hennequin (1890)
"... taken the place of gas as a means of illumination. (.) THE SCENE - shifter. The scene- shifter handles such scenery as can be moved in the wings.1 (5. ..."

4. Terrorism and Threats to U. S. Interests in Latin America: Hearing Before edited by Jim Saxton (2001)
"... STATEMENT OF MICHAEL shifter, SENIOR FELLOW, INTER- AMERICAN DIALOGUE Mr. shifter. Inter-American Dialogue is a nongovernmental nonpartisan think tank ..."

5. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1911)
"When the shifter lever A was thrown in by hand power, a man applied his muscular effort to the spring balance X on the end of the ..."

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