Shifting Shift"ing, a. 1. Changing in place, position, or direction; varying; variable; fickle; as, shifting winds; shifting opinions or principles. [1913 Webster]

2. 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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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