shift' key"

1. a typewriter key that determines whether characters are printed in upper or lower case and controls the printing of numbers and symbols.
2. Computers.a key that performs the same functions as on a typewriter keyboard and also controls other functions, depending on the program: To print a file, depress the shift key and a function key.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.


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