verb (used without object)
Origin of unshift
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a straight, loose-fitting dress worn with or without a belt.
- a woman's chemise or slip.
- a change or system of parallel changes that affects the sound structure of a language, as the series of related changes in the English vowel system from Middle English to Modern English.
- a change in the meaning or use of a word.Compare functional shift.
- any of successive crops.
- the tract of land used.
Origin of shift
Examples from the Web for unshifting
The wind came out of a steel-blue sky, unshifting and relentless.Brothers of Peril|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
When sewed tightly in rawhide bags it became an unshifting mass by the shrinking of the leather under the rays of the sun.Bring Me His Ears|Clarence E. Mulford
It seemed as though the small group of light-beams, darting back and forth, nevertheless originated from one unshifting place.The White Invaders|Raymond King Cummings
This portion of smooth, unshifting sand comprises about 80 acres.A Report upon the Mollusk Fisheries of Massachusetts|Commissioners on Fisheries and Game
Her likes and dislikes, for all the inertness of her demeanour, were clear and unshifting.Christmas Roses and Other Stories|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Word Origin for shift
Old English sciftan, scyftan "arrange, place, order," also "divide, partition; distribute, allot, share," from Proto-Germanic *skiftan (cf. Old Norse skipta "to divide, change, separate," Old Frisian skifta "to decide, determine, test," Dutch schiften "to divide, turn," German schichten "to classify," Schicht "shift"). This is said to be related to the source of Old English sceadan "divide, separate," (see shed (v.)).
c.1200 as "to dispose; make ready; set in order, control," also intransitive, "take care of oneself." From c.1300 as "to go, move, depart; move (someone or something), transport." Sense of "to alter, to change" appeared mid-13c. (cf. shiftless). Meaning "change the gear setting of an engine" is from 1910; to shift gears in the figurative sense is from 1961. Related: Shifted; shifting.
c.1300, "a movement, a beginning," from shift (v.). This is the word in to make shift "make efforts" (mid-15c.). Sense of "change, alteration" is from 1560s. Sense of "means to an end" is from 1520s; hence "an expedient." Meaning "mechanism for changing gear in a motor vehicle" is recorded from 1914. Typewriter shift key is from 1893; shift-lock is from 1899.
Meaning "period of working time" (originally in a mine) is attested from 1809, with older sense "relay of horses" (1708); perhaps with sense influenced by a North Sea Germanic cognate word (e.g. North Frisian skeft "division, stratum," skaft "one of successive parties of workmen"). Similar double senses of "division" and "relay of workers" exist in Swedish skift, German schicht.
"body garment, underclothing," 1590s, originally used alike of men's and women's pieces, probably from shift (n.1), which was commonly used in reference to a change of clothes. In 17c., it began to be used as a euphemism for smock, and was itself displaced, for similar reasons of delicacy, in 19c. by chemise.