shifter

noun

shift·​er ˈshif-tər How to pronounce shifter (audio)
: one that shifts
especially : gearshift

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, the use of a simple barrel shifter helped with floating point numbers. Jeremy Reimer, Ars Technica, 23 Sep. 2022 The shifter is awkwardly mounted below the instrument panel and obscured by the steering wheel. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2022 G29 Racing Wheel and Shifter Make racing sims even more realistic with a lifelike steering wheel controller, pedals, and shifter. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 One obvious downside is that replacing that upper bearing is going to involve detaching the brake hoses and the dropper and shifter cables. Seb Stott, Outside Online, 9 Nov. 2022 There is also an intercom system to allow the driver and navigator to communicate on the rally stage, plus a spare tire and jack, while Toyota says the six-speed manual's shifter was slightly repositioned for better ergonomics. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 1 Nov. 2022 There’s also the new Brake By Slide feature for backing the chassis into the corner under brakes, and BMW’s Shift Assistant Pro (quick shifter) for clutch-less up-and-down gear changes. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2022 The awkward shifter, seemingly borrowed from a Toyota Prius, was annoying as well. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 21 Oct. 2022 On the right side are the throttle and the gear shifter. Christian De Looper, BGR, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shifter was in 1920

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Cite this Entry

“Shifter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shifter. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

shifter

noun
shift·​er ˈshif-tər How to pronounce shifter (audio)
: one that shifts
especially : gearshift
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