Definitions of shaft

  1. defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
  2. obscene terms for penis
  3. a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
  4. a vertical passage into a mine
  5. upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
  6. a vertical passageway through a building ( as for an elevator)
  7. a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  8. equip with a shaft
  9. The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.
  10. 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.
  11. That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical.
  12. The trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant.
  13. The stem or midrib of a feather.
  14. The pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill.
  15. The part of a candlestick which supports its branches.
  16. The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc.
  17. A pole, especially a Maypole.
  18. The body of a column; the cylindrical pillar between the capital and base ( see Illust. of Column). Also, the part of a chimney above the roof. Also, the spire of a steeple.
  19. A column, an obelisk, or other spire- shaped or columnar monument.
  20. A rod at the end of a heddle.
  21. A solid or hollow cylinder or bar, having one or more journals on which it rests and revolves, and intended to carry one or more wheels or other revolving parts and to transmit power or motion; as, the shaft of a steam engine.
  22. A well- like excavation in the earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and raising ore, for raising water, etc.
  23. A long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air shaft.
  24. The chamber of a blast furnace.
  25. 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.
  26. An arrow or its stem; anything shaped like an arrow; the long, narrow entrance to a mine; the pole of a wagon or carriage; stalk of a plant; vertical open space for air, light, etc., as in a chimney; in an engine or machine, a bar to hold wheels or other rotating parts; the body of a column between base and top.
  27. Anything long and straight, as the stem of an arrow, etc.: the part of a column between the base and capital: the stem of a feather: the entrance to a mine: a pole of a carriage.
  28. An arrow; straight cylindrical part of a column; stem; entrance to a mine; pole of a carriage; long axis in machinery.
  29. A spear; dart; arrow; the stock or stem of such a weapon.
  30. The part of a column between capital and base.
  31. Any long cylindrical bar, as an axle, thill, or the like.
  32. A well like opening connected with a mine; the tunnel of a blast furnace.
  33. An arrow; a missile weapon; a long narrow entrance into a mine; anything long and straight; the body of a column between the base and the capital; the stem of a feather; the pole of a carriage; the handle of a weapon.
  34. Anything long and straight; a missile weapon, as an arrow; the part of a column extending from the base to the capital; a pit or entrance to a mine when perpendicular or nearly so; the pole of a carriage; the handle of a weapon.
  35. A rachis; the distal part of the stem of a feather; the straight cylindrical part of a long bone.