1 [no object] Move from one period in time to another.
- Return trips to the world we used to know as ours are now tinted green, constantly time-shifting, and filled with computer-generated superheroes.
- He remembered the sickened feeling he got in the pit of his stomach the last time he time-shifted.
2 [with object] Record (a television program) for later viewing.
- The ability to time-shift television programmes has really revolutionised my viewing habits.
- In response to high production costs and the realities of the digital age, television has begun time-shifting its own content.
- An increasing number of Irish have time-shifted their viewing habits by first using their VCRs and now their PVRs.
A movement from one period in time to another, especially in a play or movie.
- In a piece of theatrical brio, she imposes a time shift, a second storyline involving the Victorian family who once occupied Elizabeth's house - and a ghost.
- The past perfect tense effects the time shift.
- He intelligently dispensed with the double narrative and the time shift between Esther's sections and those told by the third-person narrator.
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