the act of moving from one place to another

his constant shifting disrupted the class

Syn: ↑shift
Derivationally related forms: ↑shift, ↑shifty (for: ↑shift), ↑shift (for: ↑shift)
Hypernyms: ↑motion, ↑movement, ↑move
1. continuously varying (Freq. 2)

taffeta with shifting colors

Similar to: ↑variable
2. changing position or direction

he drifted into the shifting crowd


their nervous shifting glances


shifty winds

Syn: ↑shifty
Similar to: ↑unsteady
Derivationally related forms: ↑shiftiness (for: ↑shifty), ↑shift (for: ↑shifty)
3. (of soil) unstable

shifting sands


unfirm earth

Syn: ↑unfirm
Similar to: ↑loose

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