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Definition of "shaft" []

  • The long narrow stem or body of a spear or arrow. (noun)
  • A spear or arrow. (noun)
  • A projectile suggestive of a spear or arrow in appearance or configuration. (noun)
  • Informal A scornfully satirical comment; a barb. (noun)
  • Slang Harsh, unfair treatment. Often used with the: The president of the airline really gave the unions the shaft. (noun)
  • The long narrow pole that forms the body of a spear, arrow, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something directed at a person in the manner of a missile (noun)
  • A ray, beam, or streak, esp of light (noun)
  • A rod or pole forming the handle of a hammer, axe, golf club, etc (noun)
  • A revolving rod that transmits motion or power: usually used of axial rotation (noun)
  • One of the two wooden poles by which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle (noun)
  • The middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone (noun)
  • The main portion of any elongated structure or part (noun)
  • The middle part of a column or pier, between the base and the capital (noun)
  • A column, obelisk, etc, esp one that forms a monument (noun)
  • A column that supports a vaulting rib, sometimes one of a set (noun)
  • A vertical passageway through a building, as for a lift (noun)
  • A vertical passageway into a mine (noun)
  • The central rib of a feather (noun)
  • To have sexual intercourse with (a woman) (verb)
  • To trick or cheat (verb)

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Use "shaft" in a sentence
  • "The arrangement may be called an electric clutch, that may be arranged in many ways, and the detail of its action is unimportant in description, so that it be borne in mind that _each time a notch is passed in turning the shaft by drawing upon or relaxing the cords attached to the pencil-point_, an impulse of electricity is sent to an electro-magnet and armature which allows _a corresponding wheel and its shaft to turn one notch, or as many notches, as are passed at the transmitting shaft_."
  • "We don't know if we're going down to the ground floor or to the basement or whether the entire lift shaft is empty and we're plunging to our doom."
  • "Once the shaft is completed and has been fitted with the proper equipment, the men are to be brought up one at a time in a metal capsule."