shift·er | \ˈshif-tər \

Definition of shifter 

: one that shifts especially : gearshift

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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 The paddle shifters, for example, are plastic but give the impression that they are crafted from metal. Daniel Miller,, "Just like underwear, wine and vitamins: You can subscribe to the Volvo XC40," 29 June 2018 One hundred twenty-five second-shifters would join them a few hours later, with 50 support volunteers staying on for both shifts. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Habitat for Humanity volunteers build three homes on Monument Circle," 23 June 2018 There's enough room between the aluminum paddle shifters and the back of the steering wheel for the driver to easily change stations or crank up the volume. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Classic Maserati with a pinch of Chrysler: The Levante S GranSport, reviewed," 8 June 2018 The 10-speed transmission and old-school column shifter got high marks, especially for towing., "Best of the biggest: 2018 Ford Expedition outdoes Nissan Armada and other full-size SUVs," 24 May 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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