shift·​er | \ˈshif-tər \

Definition of shifter 

: one that shifts especially : gearshift

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Paper-thin leather driving gloves lie next to the shifter; a fur ushanka left over from winter in the back seat. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 Thanks to electronics, those bulky 4WD shifter levers have disappeared. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How 4X4s Got So Good," 18 May 2016 For seven seasons, Skarsgård avoided the sun to attain Eric’s vampiric pallor and romped among werewolves, shape-shifters and other supernatural species on the show. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "Alexander Skarsgård in His Element," 6 Sep. 2018 Moving up to the Premium trim costs an extra grand or so, and that upgrade adds fog lights, some fancy interior stitching, automatic headlights, and paddle shifters. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Subaru Crosstrek finds sweet spot between value and drivability," 21 Apr. 2018 The shifter console is large with a charging bin that includes a charging pad, USB port, aux-in and two 180-watt 12-volt plugs. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 Power is transmitted to all wheels via a continuously variable transmission that has paddle shifters, which was another source of dissonance for my shrink. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 Once again, the Altima comes exclusively with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which is equipped with paddle shifters on the SR model. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2019 Nissan Altima: New Engines and All-Wheel Drive," 29 Mar. 2018 Moving the shifter feels like clanging a mailbox open and shut. Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Delightfully Nonsensical Slingshot Might Just Be the Future of Driving," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of shifter

1920, in the meaning defined above

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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