a number of shafts.
Machinery. a system of shafts, as the overhead shafts formerly used for driving the machinery of a mill.
steel bar stock used for shafts.
Architecture. a system of shafts, as those around a pier or in the reveals of an archway.
Slang. an instance of unique or unfair treatment:
The owners gave him a real shafting on the deal.
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.
an assembly of rotating shafts for transmitting power
the stock from which shafts are made
(architect) a set of shafts
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.
noun 1. rough, matted hair, wool, or the like. 2. a mass of this. 3. a hairdo in which hair is cut in slightly uneven, overlapping layers downward from the crown, sometimes with the hair at the front and back hairlines left longer or wispier than the rest. 4. a cloth with a nap, as […]
adjective sexy and somewhat psychedelic Examples The word “shagadelic” is a reference to Austin Powers movies, where the main character used words that contained “shag” almost all the time. Word Origin 1997
noun, Chiefly Canadian. 1. thongs, straps, or lacings made of rawhide.
verb (used with object) 1. to pull or draw with force; move by drawing; drag: They hauled the boat up onto the beach. 2. to cart or transport; carry: He hauled freight. 3. to cause to descend; lower (often followed by down): to haul down the flag. 4. to arrest or bring before a magistrate […]