(?), n. 1. One who, or that which, shifts; one who plays tricks or practices artifice; a cozener.
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'T was such a shifter that, if truth were known,
Death was half glad when he had got him down.
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2. (Naut.) An assistant to the ship's cook in washing, steeping, and shifting the salt provisions.
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3. (Mach.) (a) An arrangement for shifting a belt sidewise from one pulley to another. (b) (Knitting Mach.) A wire for changing a loop from one needle to another, as in narrowing, etc.
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4. (construction, tunneling) A foreman responsible for the work on one shift in one area, as in one heading{4}.


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