Definition of Shaft in English :

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Shaft meaning in English

Meaning of Shaft in English

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see synonyms of shaft


1. shaft

a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer

2. barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam

an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

Example Sentences:
'his parting shot was drop dead''
'she threw shafts of sarcasm'
'she takes a dig at me every chance she gets'

3. shaft

a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)

5. diaphysis, shaft

the main (mid) section of a long bone

6. cock, dick, pecker, peter, prick, putz, shaft, tool

obscene terms for penis

7. lance, shaft, spear

a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

8. shaft

a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)

9. scape, shaft

(architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column

10. shaft

a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel

11. rotating shaft, shaft

a revolving rod that transmits power or motion

12. calamus, quill, shaft

the hollow spine of a feather


13. shaft

equip with a shaft

14. cheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft

defeat someone through trickery or deceit

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of shaft
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
7. anatomy
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
10. architecture
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
13. ornithology
the central rib of a feather
14.  an archaic or literary word for arrow
15.  get the shaft
16. vulgar, slang
to have sexual intercourse with (a woman)
17. slang
to trick or cheat

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see synonyms of shaft
the long stem or body of an arrow or spear
an arrow or spear
a missile or something that seems to be hurled like a missile; bolt
shafts of lightning, derision, etc.
a cone or column of light; ray; beam
a long, slender part or object
; specif.,
a.  Rare
the trunk of a tree or stem of a plant
the stem or rib of a feather
the midsection of a long bone
the supporting stem of a branched candlestick
a column or obelisk; also, the main, usually cylindrical, part between the ends of a column or pillar; verge
a flagpole
a tall, slender building or part of a building; spire
a handle, as on some tools or implements
either of the two poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle; thill
a bar, usually cylindrical, for supporting or transmitting motion to a wheel, pulley, gear, cam, etc.
the drive shaft of an engine
a long, narrow, vertical or slanting passage sunk into the earth
a mine shaft
a vertical opening passing through the floors of a building, as for an elevator
a conduit for air, as used in heating and ventilating
verb transitive
8.  Slang
to cheat, trick, exploit, etc.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of shaft
1. A long thin object or part, as:
a. The long narrow stem or body of a spear or arrow.
b. A spear or arrow.
c. The handle of any of various tools or implements.
d. One of two parallel poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle.
e. A long, generally cylindrical bar that rotates and transmits power, as the drive shaft of an engine.
2. Zoology The main axis of a feather, especially its distal portion.
3. Anatomy
a. The midsection of a long bone; the diaphysis.
b. The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.
c. The body of the clitoris, extending from the root to the glans.
d. The body of the penis, extending from the root to the glans.
4. Architecture
a. A column or obelisk.
b. The principal portion of a column, between the capital and the base.
5. Something suggestive of a spear or arrow in appearance or configuration, as:
a. A ray or beam of light.
b. A bolt of lightning.
a. A long, narrow, often vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for mining ore; a tunnel.
b. A vertical passage housing an elevator.
c. A duct or conduit for the passage of air, as for ventilation or heating.
7. The upright portion of a boot that covers the leg.
a. A scornful or sarcastic remark; a barb.
b. Slang Harsh, unfair treatment. Often used with the: The management gave the unions the shaft.
9. Vulgar Slang A penis.
tr.v. shaft·ed, shaft·ing, shafts
1. To equip with a shaft.
2. Slang To treat in a harsh, unfair way: "He had been shafted by the press quite a bit" (Frank Deford).
3. Slang To penetrate (someone) sexually.

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