a person or thing that shifts.
Informal. shift lever.

1545–55; shift + -er1 Unabridged
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shift (ʃɪft)
1.  to move or cause to move from one place or position to another
2.  (tr) to change for another or others
3.  to change (gear) in a motor vehicle
4.  (intr) (of a sound or set of sounds) to alter in a systematic way
5.  (intr) to provide for one's needs (esp in the phrase shift for oneself)
6.  (intr) to proceed by indirect or evasive methods
7.  to remove or be removed, esp with difficulty: no detergent can shift these stains
8.  slang (intr) to move quickly
9.  (tr) computing to move (bits held in a store location) to the left or right
10.  the act or an instance of shifting
11.  a group of workers who work for a specific period
12.  the period of time worked by such a group
13.  an expedient, contrivance, or artifice
14.  the displacement of rocks, esp layers or seams in mining, at a geological fault
15.  an underskirt or dress with little shaping
[Old English sciftan; related to Old Norse skipta to divide, Middle Low German schiften, to separate]

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Example sentences
The route is a haunting shape-shifter, splintering into paths toward small crossroad communities and offbeat sights.
The steering wheel and console-mounted shifter feel great.
If the second tip works, you may need a shifter interlock cable adjustment.
The five-speed automatic can be controlled manually via wheel-mounted paddle
  shifters as well as the floor shifter.
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