a long pole forming the body of various weapons, as lances, halberds, or arrows.
something directed or barbed as in sharp attack:
shafts of sarcasm.
a ray or beam:
a shaft of sunlight.
a long, comparatively straight handle serving as an important or balancing part of an implement or device, as of a hammer, ax, golf club, or other implement.
Machinery. a rotating or oscillating round, straight bar for transmitting motion and torque, usually supported on bearings and carrying gears, wheels, or the like, as a propeller shaft on a ship, or a drive shaft of an engine.
that part of a column or pier between the base and capital.
any distinct, slender, vertical masonry feature engaged in a wall or pier and usually supporting or feigning to support an arch or vault.
a monument in the form of a column, obelisk, or the like.
either of the parallel bars of wood between which the animal drawing a vehicle is hitched.
any well-like passage or vertical enclosed space, as in a building:
an elevator shaft.
Mining. a vertical or sloping passageway leading to the surface.
Botany. the trunk of a tree.
Zoology. the main stem or midrib of a feather.
Also called leaf. Textiles. the harness or warp with reference to the pattern of interlacing threads in weave constructions (usually used in combination):
an eight-shaft satin.
the part of a candelabrum that supports the branches.
verb (used with object)
to push or propel with a pole:
to shaft a boat through a tunnel.
Informal. to treat in a harsh, unfair, or treacherous manner.
the long narrow pole that forms the body of a spear, arrow, etc
something directed at a person in the manner of a missile: shafts of sarcasm
a ray, beam, or streak, esp of light
a rod or pole forming the handle of a hammer, axe, golf club, etc
a revolving rod that transmits motion or power: usually used of axial rotation Compare rod (sense 9)
one of the two wooden poles by which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle
the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone
the main portion of any elongated structure or part
the middle part of a column or pier, between the base and the capital
a column, obelisk, etc, esp one that forms a monument
(architect) a column that supports a vaulting rib, sometimes one of a set
a vertical passageway through a building, as for a lift
a vertical passageway into a mine
(ornithol) the central rib of a feather
an archaic or literary word for arrow
(US & Canadian, slang) get the shaft, to be tricked or cheated
(slang) to have sexual intercourse with (a woman)
(slang) to trick or cheat
An elongated rodlike structure, such as the midsection of a long bone.
The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.
screw the pooch
- Shaft feather
noun 1. (archery) one of the two fletchings on an arrow Compare cock feather
noun, Archaeology. 1. a grave consisting of a deep, rectangular pit with vertical sides, roofed over with a stone slab.
noun 1. the horsepower delivered to the driving shaft of an engine, as measured by a torsion meter. Abbreviation: shp, SHP.
noun 1. a structure housing machinery and other equipment at the top of a mine shaft.