shift·​er | \ ˈshif-tər How to pronounce shifter (audio) \

Definition of shifter

: one that shifts especially : gearshift

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The transmission is an eight-speed automatic, with paddle shifters on some trim levels. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 VW Arteon: a cure for the common sedan," 6 Sep. 2019 Dorsey knew that Landry, one of the fiercest competitors in the NFL, was the perfect first piece, a culture shifter. Ben Baskin,, "Welcome to Cleveland, Where the Browns Are True Contenders," 20 Aug. 2019 The other Johnson is an opportunist, a shape-shifter who was able to work across party lines as the only Conservative ever to become the mayor of liberal London. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "Which Boris Is Britain Going to Get?," 24 July 2019 As its name suggests, the Knysa Chameleon necklace is a shade-shifter: the double row of tonal rough diamonds around the white baguette diamond necklace can be removed, as can the tassel with a 5-carat pear-cut diamond drop. Vogue, "Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights," 9 July 2019 Under a microscope, Bourbon virus is a shape-shifter, sometimes long and filamentous, sometimes a sphere studded with spiky proteins, encapsulating a string of segmented genetic code. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Meat-Allergy Tick Also Carries a Mystery Killer Virus," 8 July 2019 For those heavier trips, the seven-speed gear shifter really helped out. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "RadWagon electric cargo bike review: the SUV of e-bikes," 8 Aug. 2019 When the officer opened the car’s door and placed its gear shifter into the park position, the driver woke up., "Woman arrested for OVI after her car strikes mailbox and is driven off road: Solon police blotter," 20 June 2019 The Stingray will have an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, the active transmission of choice among high-end European sports cars. Staff And News Service Reports, The Mercury News, "Photos: General Motors unveils its new Corvette Stingray in Tustin," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of shifter

1920, in the meaning defined above

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