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[shif-ter] /ˈʃɪf tər/
a person or thing that shifts.
Informal. shift lever.
Origin of shifter
1545-55; shift + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The five-speed automatic can be controlled manually via wheel-mounted paddle shifters as well as the floor shifter.
  • The manual shifter isn't slick, and the clutch is heavy.
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Word Origin and History for shifter

1550s, "one who shifts" in any way; agent noun from shift (v.). As a mechanical contrivance, from 1869; specifically of the gear-changing mechanism in a motor-vehicle, from 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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