upshift (plural upshifts)
- (automotive, cycling) A shift to a higher gear
1999, Kurt Neuffer & Kurt Engelsdorf, “Transmission Control”, in Ronald K. Jurgen, editor, Automotive Electronics Handbook, page 323:
- For example, the vehicle starts off in second gear or an upshift takes place at lower engine speeds.
- A shift to a higher level, such as of frequency, growth, economic level, etc.
- (automotive, cycling) To shift to a higher gear
- You can upshift to second gear once the car is moving.
- (transitive) To shift to a higher level, such as of frequency, growth rate, economic level, etc.
- The frequency of the light is upshifted.
2010, Meryl Runion, How To Restore Sanity To Our Political Conversations, page 113:
- That's how you upshift a conversation so you can navigate the great political divide in a way that insights, not incites.
2014, Lyn Sharratt, Gale Harild, Good to Great to Innovate:
- Collectively, we need to “up-shift” our thinking—we need a new mindset.
2016, Amal Treacher Kabesh, Postcolonial Masculinities, page 73:
- Irritation will also occur if you or your family have never had, and will never have, a chance to 'upshift'.