Definitions of shaft

  1. 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"
  2. a column of light ( as from a beacon)
  3. the hollow shaft of a feather
  4. defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
  5. obscene terms for penis
  6. the main ( mid) section of a long bone
  7. a long pointed rod used as a weapon
  8. a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
  9. a long rod or pole ( especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
  10. a vertical passage into a mine
  11. upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
  12. a vertical passageway through a building ( as for an elevator)
  13. a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  14. ( architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
  15. equip with a shaft
  16. The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.
  17. 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.
  18. That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical.
  19. The trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant.
  20. The stem or midrib of a feather.
  21. The pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill.
  22. The part of a candlestick which supports its branches.
  23. The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc.
  24. A pole, especially a Maypole.
  25. 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.
  26. A column, an obelisk, or other spire- shaped or columnar monument.
  27. A rod at the end of a heddle.
  28. 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.
  29. A well- like excavation in the earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and raising ore, for raising water, etc.
  30. A long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air shaft.
  31. The chamber of a blast furnace.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. An arrow; straight cylindrical part of a column; stem; entrance to a mine; pole of a carriage; long axis in machinery.
  36. A spear; dart; arrow; the stock or stem of such a weapon.
  37. The part of a column between capital and base.
  38. Any long cylindrical bar, as an axle, thill, or the like.
  39. A well like opening connected with a mine; the tunnel of a blast furnace.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. A rachis; the distal part of the stem of a feather; the straight cylindrical part of a long bone.

Usage examples for shaft

  1. We cut the green lead on the six- hundred- foot, at a hundred and ten feet from the shaft, didn't we? – The Plunderer by Roy Norton
  2. When this is properly done, the toe of the club will point to the sky when it is level with the shoulder and will be dead over the middle of the shaft. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  3. I guess none of the rest of us could have lifted the iron shaft from your legs. – Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera or, Thrilling Adventures while taking Moving Pictures by Victor Appleton
  4. Andrew went on; fifty feet from the house and just aside from the shaft of light that fell from the open door, stood Scottie. – Way of the Lawless by Max Brand
  5. Number 1203." The glittering cage swept smoothly up through the shaft, and at the twelfth floor stopped. – Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist by John T. McIntyre
  6. At the bend of the path she wheeled and stood facing him, a hand tossed up and opening and closing as if she had caught a shaft of sunshine and let it go again. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  7. It was not so easy getting back to the shaft, but in a short time Nestor made his way there and was soon in consultation with his friends. – Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam by G. Harvey Ralphson
  8. And while the scientist and Mr. Damon kept watch at the top of the shaft, Tom and Ned went out into the jungle to hunt. – Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold by Victor Appleton
  9. She had meant it cruelly, to be sure, and the arrow had gone home; but when she met the look that was fixed on her after her little shaft was fired, Lucy's resolution faltered. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  10. Susanna's shaft was tipped with truth and dipped in the blood of her outraged heart. – Susanna and Sue by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  11. Or, if there's any sense in it, it means that Jeff's ship has broken her shaft and put back." – The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  12. Again he dropped down Elevator Shaft Three. – What The Left Hand Was Doing by Gordon Randall Garrett
  13. Walters was trying to pull his hand off the bar, but he resolved that if the fellow succeeded, he should go down the shaft with him. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  14. Immediately below the trap, they found a ladder, fixed to the wall of the shaft, which led directly down to a point about thirty feet below the surface of Titan. – Treachery in Outer Space by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  15. I dread that Badenoch's next shaft may be at him!" – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  16. She advanced slowly toward the shaft of light from the doorway. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover