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

Definition of shifter

: one that shifts especially : gearshift

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This technological shifter offers almost as much peril as promise, unless a new class of entrepreneurs dreams up new ways of employing less-skilled labor. Edward Glaeser, WSJ, "‘Capitalism in America’ Review: The Commercial Republic," 18 Oct. 2018 And many of the top slot receivers are those smaller, shifter receivers The slot cornerback is also playing in traffic more — a slot cornerback isn’t really on an island like an outside cornerback. Zach Berman,, "Eagles make a change to training camp schedule | Early Birds," 26 June 2018 The fun factor starts with the six-speed manual transmission, and not just because of the golf-ball shifter knob. Robert Duffer,, "Car review: Volkswagen finally gives Golf GTI the tech it deserves," 5 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of shifter

1920, in the meaning defined above

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