Examples from the Web for shifter
"Correa will have to gauge his decision very carefully," says Shifter.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?|Mac Margolis|June 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After he had crossed the yard coming out, he saw a man sneaking toward the shifter, keeping in the shadow of the coal-chutes.The Taming of Red Butte Western|Francis Lynde
I have been a hard-working man, and served all offices on board from cook's shifter to the command of a vessel.The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I|Tobias Smollett
We walked up Smithfield to the Union depot and got into a car with the shifter in front, and took us out to Twenty-eighth street.
There the scene changed as suddenly as at shifter's whistle.
Shifter was allowed to run, and they would move the cars away.
Word Origin and History for shifter
1550s, "one who shifts" in any way; agent noun from shift (v.). As a mechanical contrivance, from 1869; specifically of the gear-changing mechanism in a motor-vehicle, from 1910.