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shift

the displacement of rocks, esp layers or seams in mining, at a geological fault

shift

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(computer science)
A movement of data to the right or left, in a digital-computer location, usually with the loss of characters shifted beyond a boundary.
(geology)
The relative displacement of the units affected by a fault but outside the fault zone itself.
(industrial engineering)
The number of hours or the part of any day worked. Also known as tour.
(mechanical engineering)
To change the ratio of the driving to the driven gears to obtain the desired rotational speed or to avoid overloading and stalling an engine or a motor.
(metallurgy)
A casting defect caused by malalignment of the mold parts.
(spectroscopy)
A small change in the position of a spectral line that is due to a corresponding change in frequency which, in turn, results from one or more of several causes, such as the Doppler effect.

SHIFT

Scalable Heterogeneous Integrated Facility Testbed. A parallel processing project at CERN.
References in classic literature ?
However, I made shift to make two or three new waistcoats, which I hoped would serve me a great while: as for breeches or drawers, I made but a very sorry shift indeed till afterwards.
Planchet slept in the antechamber upon a coverlet taken from the bed of D'Artagnan, and which D'Artagnan from that time made shift to do without.
In this interval the poor Chinese came in who had lost the camel, but he had no weapon; however, seeing the Tartar down, and his horse fallen upon him, away he runs to him, and seizing upon an ugly weapon he had by his side, something like a pole-axe, he wrenched it from him, and made shift to knock his Tartarian brains out with it.