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Noun: shaft  shãft
  1. A long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
  2. A long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    - spear, lance
  3. A line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  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. A vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
  7. (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
    - scape
  8. A long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
  9. A revolving rod that transmits power or motion
    - rotating shaft
  10. The hollow spine of a feather
    - quill, calamus
  11. 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 [informal], barb, jibe, gibe
  12. [vulgar] Obscene term for penis
Verb: shaft  shãft
  1. Equip with a shaft
  2. [informal] Defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    - cheat, chouse, screw [informal], chicane, jockey
  3. [vulgar] (of a man) have sexual intercourse with

Derived forms: shafts, shafted, shafting

Type of: arm, beat, beat out, comment, crush, equip, fit, fit out, input, light, line, long bone, member, os longum, outfit, 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, mine, pillar, plume, pointer, rotating mechanism, tunnel

Encyclopedia: Shaft, John