shift key


General English


  • noun
    (written as Shift key)
    the key on a keyboard which switches on secondary functions for keys, such as another character set, by changing the output to upper case


  • A modifier key included on computer keyboards that is frequently used in combination with other keys to produce uppercase characters, although the specific function for any given key combination will depend on which program is running. The key may also be held down while clicking on a mouse, or other pointing device, for alternate functions. Its symbol is often ↑. Also called shift (3).

Information & Library Science

  • noun a key on a keyboard which raises a letter to a capital or combines with other command keys for word processing and computing functions