shifter

noun

shift·​er ˈshif-tər How to pronounce shifter (audio)
: one that shifts
especially : gearshift

Examples of shifter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the paddle shifters are for exactly that: Shifting through gears in manual mode, not for adding regenerative braking. Scotty Reiss, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 The steering wheel and shifter designs are also revised. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 The derailleur battery takes an hour to charge; the shifters use 2032 watch batteries. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 18 Dec. 2023 John Timmer The non-electric portion of the e-bike is a standard single-gear ring crank coupled to seven gears on the rear hub, controlled by a Shimano indexed shifter. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 Dec. 2023 Going through gears on the close-ratio shifter (from Honda/Acura's modification-specialty shop K-Tuned) perfectly set off the classic mood, even if our sheer pace on 17-Mile Drive absolutely baffled my mind. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2023 Secondary targets for theft include the pedals, crank arm and crankset, handlebar grips, shifter, derailleur, and brake calipers. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Look no further than the Eventide Riptide, a multi-effects pedal that’s the product of extensive research into the legendary Uni-Vibe phase shifter of 1968 for maximum authenticity. Ron Hart, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 Still, the manual shifter—a relatively rare item on the SUV market these days—keeps it ahead of Jeeps and Fords equipped with pushrod sixes and automatics: The Jeep runs to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds, the Explorer in 10.7. Phil Berg, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shifter was in 1920

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“Shifter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shifter. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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shifter

noun
shift·​er ˈshif-tər How to pronounce shifter (audio)
: one that shifts
especially : gearshift
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