Definition of Shaft
1. Noun. A line that forms the length of an arrow pointer.
2. Verb. Equip with a shaft.
3. Noun. An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect. "She takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
Generic synonyms: Comment, Input, Remark
Specialized synonyms: Cheap Shot
Derivative terms: Gibe
4. Verb. Defeat someone through trickery or deceit.
Generic synonyms: Beat, Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Derivative terms: Cheat, Cheater, Chicane, Chicanery
5. Noun. A long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow).
6. Noun. A column of light (as from a beacon).
Specialized synonyms: Heat Ray, High Beam, Moon Ray, Moon-ray, Moonbeam, Sunbeam, Sunray, Laser Beam, Low Beam
Generic synonyms: Light, Visible Light, Visible Radiation
Derivative terms: Beam, Beamy, Irradiate, Ray
7. Noun. The main (mid) section of a long bone.
Generic synonyms: Long Bone, Os Longum
Derivative terms: Diaphyseal, Diaphysial
8. Noun. Obscene terms for penis.
Generic synonyms: Member, Penis, Phallus
Language type: Dirty Word, Filth, Obscenity, Smut, Vulgarism
9. Noun. A long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon.
Specialized synonyms: Assagai, Assegai, Javelin, Trident
Terms within: Barb, Spear-point, Spearhead, Spearpoint
Generic synonyms: Arm, Weapon, Weapon System
Derivative terms: Lance, Spear, Spear
10. Noun. A vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator).
Specialized synonyms: Elevator Shaft, Ventilation Shaft, Well
Generic synonyms: Passageway
11. Noun. (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column.
Group relationships: Column, Pillar
Generic synonyms: Upright, Vertical
Category relationships: Architecture
12. Noun. A long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel.
Group relationships: Mine, Tunnel
Generic synonyms: Passage
13. Noun. A revolving rod that transmits power or motion.
Specialized synonyms: Camshaft, Crankshaft, Driveshaft, Arbor, Mandrel, Mandril, Spindle, Transmission Shaft
Generic synonyms: Rod
Group relationships: Rotating Mechanism
14. Noun. The hollow spine of a feather.
Definition of Shaft
1. n. The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.
Definition of Shaft
1. Noun. The long narrow body of a spear or arrow ¹
2. Noun. A beam or ray of light ¹
3. Noun. Any long thin object, such as the handle of a tool, one of the poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle, the driveshaft of a motorized vehicle with rear-wheel drive, an axle, etc. ¹
4. Noun. The main axis of a feather ¹
5. Noun. (lacrosse) The long narrow body of a lacrosse stick ¹
6. Noun. A long narrow passage sunk into the earth, for mining etc; a mineshaft. ¹
7. Noun. A vertical or near-vertical cave passage. ¹
8. Noun. A vertical passage housing a lift or elevator; a liftshaft. ¹
9. Noun. A ventilation or heating conduit; an air duct. ¹
10. Noun. A malicious act, as in “to give someone the shaft” ¹
11. Noun. The main cylindrical part of the penis ¹
12. Verb. (transitive) to equip something with a shaft ¹
13. Verb. (transitive slang) To have sexual intercourse with someone ¹
14. Verb. (transitive slang) To cause someone harm, especially in a deceitful or treacherous way. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Shaft
1. to push or propel with a pole [v -ED, -ING, -S]
Medical Definition of Shaft
1. The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow. "His sleep, his meat, his drink, is him bereft, That lean he wax, and dry as is a shaft." (Chaucer) "A shaft hath three principal parts, the stele [stale], the feathers, and the head." (Ascham)
2. The long handle of a spear or similar weapon; hence, the weapon itself; anything regarded as a shaft to be thrown or darted; as, shafts of light. "And the thunder, Winged with red lightning and impetuous rage, Perhaps hath spent his shafts." (Milton) "Some kinds of literary pursuits . . . Have been attacked with all the shafts of ridicule." (V. Knox)
3. That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical.
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Literary usage of Shaft
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"For many years the attention of engineers and power users has been directed to the practicability of using the twist or torsion in a shaft as a means of ..."
2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"Journaled In the cover is a vertical shaft (45), known as the dolly shaft. ... In operation the dolly shaft, and with it the dolly, is swung back and forth ..."
3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"In bearings, E, In the front portion of the main frame, is hung, so as to rock or turn therein, a zigzag or crank shaft, F, (shown detached In Fig. 2. ..."
4. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, LEXIS Law Publishing (1901)
"and to tbe cranks or wrists, aaa, of this shaft are connected, seriatim, the drag bars, bbb, ... At suitable distances upon this shaft d there Is placed ..."
5. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1909)
"Record shaft Sinking on the Rand Gold Field. Ralph Stokes. ... Sinking the Clonan shaft at Mineville, NY Guy C. Stoltz. Describes the conditions and the ..."
6. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1903)
"The most rapid appears to be 167 feet in an 11-foot shaft, but of course the ... L. Bouchut I describes the method of shaft sinking employed at the Pinel ..."
7. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1897)
"3 shaft the lode was driven upon for a similar distance. ... The main shaft cut the hanging-wall of the reef at 187 feet, and will be through the foot-wall ..."