n.1.The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.
His sleep, his meat, his drink, is him bereft,
That lean he wax, and dry as is a shaft.
- Chaucer.
2.The long handle of a spear or similar weapon; hence, the weapon itself; (Fig.) anything regarded as a shaft to be thrown or darted; as, shafts of light.
3.(Bot.) That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical.
4.(Arch.) The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc.
4.(Zool.) A humming bird (Thaumastura cora) having two of the tail feathers next to the middle ones very long in the male; - called also cora humming bird.
5.(Weaving) A rod at the end of a heddle.
5.(Mining) A well-like excavation in the earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and raising ore, for raising water, etc.
6.A long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air shaft.
7.The chamber of a blast furnace.
Line shaft
(Mach.) a main shaft of considerable length, in a shop or factory, usually bearing a number of pulleys by which machines are driven, commonly by means of countershafts; - called also line, or main line.
Shaft alley
(Naut.) a passage extending from the engine room to the stern, and containing the propeller shaft.
Shaft furnace
(Metal.) a furnace, in the form of a chimney, which is charged at the top and tapped at the bottom.
Noun1.shaft - a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
2.shaft - an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
Synonyms: barb, gibe, jibe, dig, slam, shot
3.shaft - a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
4.Shaftshaft - a column of light (as from a beacon)
5.shaft - the main (mid) section of a long bone
Synonyms: diaphysis
6.shaft - obscene terms for penis
Synonyms: cock, pecker, peter, dick, putz, prick, tool
7.Shaftshaft - a long pointed rod used as a weapon
Synonyms: lance, spear
8.shaft - a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
9.shaft - (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
Synonyms: scape
10.shaft - a vertical passage into a mine
11.shaft - a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
Synonyms: rotating shaft
12.shaft - the hollow shaft of a feather
Synonyms: quill, calamus
Verb1.shaft - equip with a shaft
2.shaft - defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
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Shaft alley
Shaft furnace
shaft louse
shaft of light
shag rug
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