Shifting

Definition of Shifting

Shift´ing
a.1.Changing in place, position, or direction; varying; variable; fickle; as, shifting winds; shifting opinions or principles.
2.Adapted or used for shifting anything.
Shifting backstays
(Naut.) temporary stays that have to be let go whenever the vessel tacks or jibes.
Shifting ballast
ballast which may be moved from one side of a vessel to another as safety requires.
Shifting center
See Metacenter.
Shifting locomotive
See Switching engine, under Switch.

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