Definitions for shaftʃæft, ʃɑft

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shaftʃæft, ʃɑft(n.)

  1. a long pole forming the body of various weapons, as lances or arrows.

  2. something directed at someone or something in sharp attack:

    shafts of sarcasm.

  3. a ray or beam.

  4. a long handle serving to balance or manipulate a weapon or tool, as an ax or a golf club.

  5. a rotating or oscillating rod that transmits motion and torque, as a ship's propeller shaft or the drive shaft of an automobile.

    Category: Machinery

  6. the part of a column or pier between the base and the capital. any distinct, slender vertical masonry feature engaged in a wall or pier and usu. supporting an arch or vault.

    Category: Architecture

  7. a monument in the form of a column, obelisk, or the like.

    Category: Architecture

  8. either of the parallel bars between which the animal drawing a vehicle is hitched.

  9. any well-like passage or vertical enclosed space, as in a building.

    Category: Building Trades

  10. a vertical or sloping passageway in a mine that leads to the surface.

    Category: Mining

  11. the trunk of a tree.

    Category: Botany

  12. the main stem or midrib of a feather.

    Category: Zoology

  13. Slang. harsh or unfair treatment.

  14. (v.t.)to push or propel with a pole.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  15. Slang. to treat in a harsh or treacherous manner.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of shaft:

bef. 1000; ME; OE sceaft, c. OFris sceft, OS, OHG scaft, ON skaft

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shaft(noun)

    a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer

  2. shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibe(noun)

    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"

  3. shaft(noun)

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

  4. beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation(noun)

    a column of light (as from a beacon)

  5. diaphysis, shaft(noun)

    the main (mid) section of a long bone

  6. cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz(noun)

    obscene terms for penis

  7. spear, lance, shaft(noun)

    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

  8. shaft(noun)

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

  9. shaft, scape(noun)

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

  10. shaft(noun)

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

  11. rotating shaft, shaft(noun)

    a revolving rod that transmits power or motion

  12. quill, calamus, shaft(verb)

    the hollow spine of a feather

  13. shaft(verb)

    equip with a shaft

  14. cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey(verb)

    defeat someone through trickery or deceit

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shaft(noun)ʃæft, ʃɑft

    a structure like a vertical tunnel

    a mine shaft; an elevator shaft

  2. shaftʃæft, ʃɑft

    a long line of light

    a shaft of sunlight

Wiktionary

  1. shaft(Noun)

    The long narrow body of a spear or arrow

    Her hand slipped off the javelin's shaft towards the spearpoint and that's why her score was lowered, Sam.

  2. shaft(Noun)

    A beam or ray of light

    Isn't that shaft of light from that opening in the cave beautiful?

  3. shaft(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.

    Dude, the baseball bat's shaft got broken by the amazing pitch!

  4. shaft(Noun)

    The main axis of a feather

    I had no idea that they removed the feathers' shafts to make the pillows softer!

  5. shaft(Noun)

    The long narrow body of a lacrosse stick

    Sarah, if you wear gloves your hands might not slip on your shaft and you can up your game, girl!

  6. shaft(Noun)

    A long narrow passage sunk into the earth, for mining etc; a mineshaft.

    Your grandfather used to work with a crane hauling ore out of the gold mine's shafts.

  7. shaft(Noun)

    A vertical or near-vertical cave passage.

  8. shaft(Noun)

    A vertical passage housing a lift or elevator; a liftshaft.

    Darn it, my keys fell through the gap and into the elevator shaft.

  9. shaft(Noun)

    A ventilation or heating conduit; an air duct.

    Our parrot flew into the air duct and got stuck in the shaft.

  10. shaft(Verb)

    to equip something with a shaft

  11. shaft(Verb)

    To have sexual intercourse with someone

    Turns out my best mate was shafting my girlfriend.

  12. shaft(Verb)

    To cause someone harm, especially in a deceitful or treacherous way.

    He got shafted when his boss took credit for what he had done.

  13. shaft(Noun)

    A malicious act, as in u201Cto give someone the shaftu201D

    That guy at work gave me the shaft, he ratted me out to the boss for being late!

  14. shaft(Noun)

    The main cylindrical part of the penis

  15. Origin: sceaft, from Germanic skaftaz. Cognate with Dutch schacht, German Schaft, Swedish skaft.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shaft(noun)

    the slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow

  2. Shaft(noun)

    the long handle of a spear or similar weapon; hence, the weapon itself; (Fig.) anything regarded as a shaft to be thrown or darted; as, shafts of light

  3. Shaft(noun)

    that which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical

  4. Shaft(noun)

    the trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant

  5. Shaft(noun)

    the stem or midrib of a feather

  6. Shaft(noun)

    the pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill

  7. Shaft(noun)

    the part of a candlestick which supports its branches

  8. Shaft(noun)

    the handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc

  9. Shaft(noun)

    a pole, especially a Maypole

  10. Shaft(noun)

    the body of a column; the cylindrical pillar between the capital and base (see Illust. of Column). Also, the part of a chimney above the roof. Also, the spire of a steeple

  11. Shaft(noun)

    a column, an obelisk, or other spire-shaped or columnar monument

  12. Shaft(noun)

    a rod at the end of a heddle

  13. Shaft(noun)

    a solid or hollow cylinder or bar, having one or more journals on which it rests and revolves, and intended to carry one or more wheels or other revolving parts and to transmit power or motion; as, the shaft of a steam engine

  14. Shaft(noun)

    a humming bird (Thaumastura cora) having two of the tail feathers next to the middle ones very long in the male; -- called also cora humming bird

  15. Shaft(noun)

    a well-like excavation in the earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and raising ore, for raising water, etc

  16. Shaft(noun)

    a long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air shaft

  17. Shaft(noun)

    the chamber of a blast furnace

Freebase

  1. Shaft

    Shaft, Inc. is a Japanese animation studio founded on September 1, 1975 by Hiroshi Wakao. They are best known for their unique use of gags and references notably in Pani Poni Dash!, Maria Holic, Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei, Hidamari Sketch, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Bakemonogatari series.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shaft' in Nouns Frequency: #2601


Translations for shaft

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

shaft(noun)

the long straight part or handle of a tool, weapon etc

the shaft of a golf-club.

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