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shifting (plural shiftings)

  1. A shift or change; a shifting movement.
    • 1811, Charles Lamb, On the Tragedies of Shakespeare Considered with Reference to their Fitness for Stage Representation
      I remember the last time I saw Macbeth played, the discrepancy I felt at the changes of garment which he varied, the shiftings and reshiftings, like a Romish priest at mass.
    • 1978, Jack Vance, The View from Chickweed's Window
      Then everyone moved at the same time — slight shiftings of the hands and feet, furtive easings of position.
  2. (linguistics) The phenomenon by which two or more constituents appearing on the same side of their common head exchange positions to obtain non-canonical order.

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  1. present participle of shift