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Meaning & Definition of Shaft in English

English

Shaft

/ʃæft/

noun

1. A line that forms the length of an arrow pointer

    synonym:
  • shaft

2. An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

  • "His parting shot was `drop dead'"
  • "She threw shafts of sarcasm"
  • "She takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
    synonym:
  • shot
  • ,
  • shaft
  • ,
  • slam
  • ,
  • dig
  • ,
  • barb
  • ,
  • jibe
  • ,
  • gibe

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

    synonym:
  • shaft

4. A column of light (as from a beacon)

    synonym:
  • beam
  • ,
  • beam of light
  • ,
  • light beam
  • ,
  • ray
  • ,
  • ray of light
  • ,
  • shaft
  • ,
  • shaft of light
  • ,
  • irradiation

5. The main (mid) section of a long bone

    synonym:
  • diaphysis
  • ,
  • shaft

6. Obscene terms for penis

    synonym:
  • cock
  • ,
  • prick
  • ,
  • dick
  • ,
  • shaft
  • ,
  • pecker
  • ,
  • peter
  • ,
  • tool
  • ,
  • putz

7. A long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

    synonym:
  • spear
  • ,
  • lance
  • ,
  • shaft

8. A vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)

    synonym:
  • shaft

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

    synonym:
  • shaft
  • ,
  • scape

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

    synonym:
  • shaft

11. A revolving rod that transmits power or motion

    synonym:
  • rotating shaft
  • ,
  • shaft

12. The hollow spine of a feather

    synonym:
  • quill
  • ,
  • calamus
  • ,
  • shaft

verb

1. Equip with a shaft

    synonym:
  • shaft

2. Defeat someone through trickery or deceit

    synonym:
  • cheat
  • ,
  • chouse
  • ,
  • shaft
  • ,
  • screw
  • ,
  • chicane
  • ,
  • jockey