shifting

The word shifting describes something that is taking a new direction either physically or in thought. If you’ve recently decided that the earth may be round, you are shifting from a flat-Earth viewpoint to a round-Earth one.

Shifting can be used in several senses, but the constant in all of them is change and movement. For example, shifting can describe moving earth: it is usually a bad idea to build your house on a plot of shifting land. The word can also refer to something that is regularly changing: Your friend whose favorite music regularly alternates from heavy metal to jazz to Chinese opera? She has a shifting taste in music.

Definitions of shifting
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adj changing position or direction

“he drifted into the shifting crowd”
“their nervous shifting glances”
Synonyms:
shifty
unsteady
subject to change or variation

adj continuously varying

“taffeta with shifting colors”
Synonyms:
variable
liable to or capable of change

adj (of soil) unstable

shifting sands”
Synonyms:
unfirm
loose
not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

n the act of moving from one place to another

“his constant shifting disrupted the class”
Synonyms:
shift
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

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