# <<(_:_:)

Returns the result of shifting a value’s binary representation the specified number of digits to the left.

Available because

`Self`

conforms to`BinaryInteger`

.

`static func << <RHS>(lhs: Self, rhs: RHS) -> Self where RHS : BinaryInteger`

## Parameters

- lhs
The value to shift.

- rhs
The number of bits to shift

`lhs`

to the left.

## Overview

The `<<`

operator performs a *smart shift*, which defines a result for a shift of any value.

Using a negative value for

`rhs`

performs a right shift using`abs(rhs)`

.Using a value for

`rhs`

that is greater than or equal to the bit width of`lhs`

is an*overshift*, resulting in zero.Using any other value for

`rhs`

performs a left shift on`lhs`

by that amount.

The following example defines `x`

as an instance of `UInt8`

, an 8-bit, unsigned integer type. If you use `2`

as the right-hand-side value in an operation on `x`

, the value is shifted left by two bits.

```
let x: UInt8 = 30 // 0b00011110
let y = x << 2
// y == 120 // 0b01111000
```

If you use `11`

as `rhs`

, `x`

is overshifted such that all of its bits are set to zero.

```
let z = x << 11
// z == 0 // 0b00000000
```

Using a negative value as `rhs`

is the same as performing a right shift with `abs(rhs)`

.

```
let a = x << -3
// a == 3 // 0b00000011
let b = x >> 3
// b == 3 // 0b00000011
```