shift key
noun Date: 1893 a key on a keyboard that when pressed enables an alternate set of characters to be produced by the other keys

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shift key — n the ↑key 1(3) on a ↑keyboard 2(3) that you press to make a capital letter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • shift key — noun the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower case letters to upper case letters • Syn: ↑shift • Hypernyms: ↑key • Part Holonyms: ↑typewriter keyboard * * * noun : a typewriter key used for shifting * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • shift key — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms shift key : singular shift key plural shift keys computing the key that you press on a computer keyboard when you want to write a capital letter …   English dictionary

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  • Shift key — key used in combination with other keys which allows typing in capital letters or typing of special characters …   English contemporary dictionary

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