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

Definition of shifter

: one that shifts especially : gearshift

Examples of shifter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chief among the alterations is a streamlined center console that features haptic touch elements and a revised, shorter gear shifter. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 19 July 2021 The truth commission’s report described Mr. Habré as a shape-shifter who exchanged alliances and loyalties to curry and maintain influence and power. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 And Mary doesn’t like the twisting shifter on the column of the steering wheel. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2021 The rest of the wheel is wrapped in leather, as is the gear shifter, and there’s even more special badging, including a plaque on the center console. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2021 There's a lot of storage, including wireless charging pad with USB A&C ports, and the center console not only has a storage bin but also space beneath the center console's electronic transmission shifter for a purse or messenger bag. Larry Printz, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 The Integra Type R's shifter is as good as any front-drive car's has ever been. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 12 May 2021 The shifter is a novel and simple toggle on the gauge cluster. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2021 A few more seconds will be spent fumbling to find the tiny Park button on the wee shifter lever. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of shifter

1920, in the meaning defined above

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shift boss


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10 Sep 2021

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“Shifter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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