Shifter Shift"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, shifts; one who plays tricks or practices artifice; a cozener. [1913 Webster]

'T was such a shifter that, if truth were known, Death was half glad when he had got him down. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) An assistant to the ship's cook in washing, steeping, and shifting the salt provisions. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mach.) (a) An arrangement for shifting a belt sidewise from one pulley to another. (b) (Knitting Mach.) A wire for changing a loop from one needle to another, as in narrowing, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. (construction, tunneling) A foreman responsible for the work on one shift in one area, as in one heading[4]. [RDH]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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