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
  1. adjective
    changing position or direction
    “he drifted into the shifting crowd”
    “their nervous shifting glances”
    synonyms: shifty
    subject to change or variation
  2. adjective
    continuously varying
    “taffeta with shifting colors”
    liable to or capable of change
  3. adjective
    (of soil) unstable
    shifting sands”
    synonyms: unfirm
    not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
  4. noun
    the act of moving from one place to another
    “his constant shifting disrupted the class”
    synonyms: shift
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    type of:
    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
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