[ US /ˈʃæft/ ]
[ UK /ʃˈɑːft/ ]
  1. defeat someone through trickery or deceit
  2. equip with a shaft
  1. (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
  2. obscene terms for penis
  3. a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
  4. a column of light (as from a beacon)
  5. the main (mid) section of a long bone
  6. the hollow spine of a feather
  7. a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
  8. a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  9. a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
  10. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
    she threw shafts of sarcasm
    she takes a dig at me every chance she gets
    his parting shot was `drop dead'
  11. a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
  12. a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
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How To Use shaft In A Sentence

  • Phase I called for dewatering and rehabilitating the No.6 shaft, sinking the shaft to the 45th level, cutting seven level stations, and diamond drilling the conglomerate bed.
  • It has both a vertical shaft and an adit to an incline, which we and several mine officials entered in a small bus.
  • Gone was the staid decor and mahogany wood typical of the menswear shops on Shaftesbury Avenue. Times, Sunday Times
  • There was a Malay steward behind each chair, and over in the corner, silent but missing nothing, the squint-faced Jingo; even he had exchanged his loin-cloth for a silver sarong, with hornbill feathers in his hair and decorating the shaft of his sumpitan* (* Blowpipe.) standing handy against the wall. Flashman's Lady
  • I was happy as a sandboy — beautiful wife, beautiful children, house, secure job, good social life — then, wham, the wife hits me between the eyes with the muscled actor from next door who's been shafting her for months. Disordered Minds
  • The resulting explosions of fuel and air drive the pistons which turn the crankshaft.
  • Steel actually work-hardens over time, so in theory, steel shafts get slightly stiffer the more they're used.
  • The use of the bucket and telpher also eliminated most of the objectionable noise incident to the transfer of spoil from tunnel cars to ordinary wagons at the shaft sites. Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910 The New York Tunnel Extension of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Cross-Town Tunnels. Paper No. 1158
  • Tasteful decor, melodious songs and shafts of sunlight from the ample windows provide the perfect ambience for appreciating the subtleties and splendours of curry cuisine.
  • First, if the shaft of a long bone be hit above the junction of diaphysis and epiphysis, the cancellous tissue in and extending from the medullary cavity is pulverised, and examination of fragments from such fractures gives the impression of the inner aspect having been scraped clean. Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre
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