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Noun: shaft  shãft
  1. A line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  2. An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
    "she threw shafts of sarcasm";
    - shot, 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)
  4. A column of light (as from a beacon)
    - beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft of light, irradiation
  5. The main (mid) section of a long bone
    - diaphysis
  6. [vulgar] Obscene term for penis
  7. A long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    - spear, lance
  8. A vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
  9. (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
    - scape
  10. A long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
  11. A revolving rod that transmits power or motion
    - rotating shaft
  12. The hollow spine of a feather
    - quill, calamus
Verb: shaft  shãft
  1. Equip with a shaft
  2. Defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    - cheat, chouse, screw, chicane, jockey
  3. [vulgar] Have sexual intercourse
    - sleep together, love, make out, make love, sleep with, have sex, know [archaic], do it, be intimate, have intercourse, lie with [archaic], bed, have a go at it, get it on, make whoopee, nail [N. Amer]

Derived forms: shafts, shafting, shafted

Type of: arm, beat, beat out, comment, copulate, couple, crush, equip, fit, fit out, input, light, line, long bone, mate, member, os longum, outfit, pair, passage, passageway, penis, phallus, remark, rib, rod, shell, trounce, upright, vanquish, vertical, visible light, visible radiation, weapon, weapon system

Part of: arrow, building, column, edifice, feather, mine, pillar, plume, pointer, rotating mechanism, tunnel

Encyclopedia: Shaft, Iran