shifter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shift +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

shifter (plural shifters)

  1. One who, or that which, shifts or changes.
  2. (dated) One who plays tricks or practices artifice; a cozener.
    'Twas such a shifter that, if truth were known, Death was half glad when he had got him down. — Milton.
  3. (nautical) An assistant to the ship's cook in washing, steeping, and shifting the salt provisions.
  4. (engineering) An arrangement for shifting a belt sidewise from one pulley to another.
  5. (engineering, textiles) A wire for changing a loop from one needle to another, as in narrowing, etc.
  6. (cycling) A component used by the rider to control the gearing mechanisms and select the desired gear ratio, usually connected to the derailleur by a mechanical actuation cable.
  7. A spanner with an adjustable jaw size.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.