a change in the way people think about something, in the way something is done etc
the shift from one type of economic system to another
an important shift in policy
a marked shift (=noticeable change) in attitudes towards women
if workers in a factory, hospital etc work shifts, they work for a particular period of time during the day or night, and are then replaced by others, so that there are always people working
do/work a (10/12/24 etc hour) shift
Dave had to work a 12-hour shift yesterday.
I work shifts.
night/day etc shift
The thought of working night shifts put her off becoming a nurse.
I'm on the early shift tomorrow.
people who do shift work
A shift system has been introduced.
the workers who work during one of these periods
before the early shift goes off duty
a shift key:
To run the spellchecker, press SHIFT and F7.
a simple straight loose-fitting woman's dress