To shift off, to delay; to defer; to put off; to lay aside.To shift the scene, to change the locality or the surroundings, as in a play or a story.

Shift the scene for half an hour;
Time and place are in thy power.

(Shift), v. i.

Shield-bearer to Shiner

(Shield"-bear`er) n.

1. One who, or that which, carries a shield.

2. (Zoöl.) Any small moth of the genus Aspidisca, whose larva makes a shieldlike covering for itself out of bits of leaves.

(Shield"drake`) n. (Zoöl.) A sheldrake.

(Shield"less), a. Destitute of a shield, or of protection.Shield"less*ly, adv.Shield"less*ness, n.

(Shield"tail`) n. (Zoöl.) Any species of small burrowing snakes of the family Uropeltidæ, native of Ceylon and Southern Asia. They have a small mouth which can not be dilated.

(Shiel"ing) n. A hut or shelter for shepherds of fishers. See Sheeling. [Scot.]

(Shift) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Shifting.] [OE. shiften, schiften, to divide, change, remove. AS. sciftan to divide; akin to LG. & D. schiften to divide, distinguish, part Icel. skipta to divide, to part, to shift, to change, Dan skifte, Sw. skifta, and probably to Icel. skifa to cut into slices, as n., a slice, and to E. shive, sheave, n., shiver, n.]

1. To divide; to distribute; to apportion. [Obs.]

To which God of his bounty would shift
Crowns two of flowers well smelling.

2. To change the place of; to move or remove from one place to another; as, to shift a burden from one shoulder to another; to shift the blame.

Hastily he schifte him[self].
Piers Plowman.

Pare saffron between the two St. Mary's days,
Or set or go shift it that knowest the ways.

3. To change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails.

Carrying the oar loose, [they] shift it hither and thither at pleasure.
Sir W. Raleigh.

4. To exchange for another of the same class; to remove and to put some similar thing in its place; to change; as, to shift the clothes; to shift the scenes.

I would advise you to shift a shirt.

5. To change the clothing of; — used reflexively. [Obs.]

As it were to ride day and night; and . . . not to have patience to shift me.

6. To put off or out of the way by some expedient. "I shifted him away." Shak.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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