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a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibenoun
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"
a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiationnoun
a column of light (as from a beacon)
the main (mid) section of a long bone
cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putznoun
obscene terms for penis
spear, lance, shaftnoun
a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
(architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
rotating shaft, shaftnoun
a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
quill, calamus, shaftverb
the hollow spine of a feather
equip with a shaft
cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockeyverb
defeat someone through trickery or deceit
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.
A beam or ray of light
Isn't that shaft of light from that opening in the cave beautiful?
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!
The main axis of a feather
I had no idea that they removed the feathers' shafts to make the pillows softer!
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!
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.
A vertical or near-vertical cave passage.
A vertical passage housing a lift or elevator; a liftshaft.
Darn it, my keys fell through the gap and into the elevator shaft.
A ventilation or heating conduit; an air duct.
Our parrot flew into the air duct and got stuck in the shaft.
to equip something with a shaft
To have sexual intercourse with someone
Turns out my best mate was shafting my girlfriend.
To cause someone harm, especially in a deceitful or treacherous way.
He got shafted when his boss took credit for what he had done.
A malicious act, as in to give someone the shaft
That guy at work gave me the shaft, he ratted me out to the boss for being late!
The main cylindrical part of the penis
Etymology: sceaft, from Germanic skaftaz. Cognate with Dutch schacht, German Schaft, Swedish skaft.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: sceaft , Saxon.
To pierce pursuing shield,
By parents train’d, the Tartars wild are taught,
With shafts shot out from their back-turned bow. Philip Sidney.
Who in the spring, from the new sun,
Already has a fever got,
Too late begins those shafts to shun,
Which Phœbus thro’ his veins has shot. Edmund Waller.
They are both the archer and shaft taking aim afar off, and then shooting themselves directly upon the desired mark. More.
So lofty was the pile, a Parthian bow
With vigour drawn, must send the shaft below. Dryd.
O’er thee the secret shaft
That wastes at midnight, or th’undreaded hour
Of noon, flies harmless. James Thomson.
They sink a shaft or pit of six foot in length. Carew.
The fulminating damp, upon its accension, gives a crack like the report of a gun, and makes an explosion so forcible as to kill the miners, and force bodies of great weight from the bottom of the pit up through the shaft. John Woodward.
Suppose a tube, or as the miners call it, a shaft, were sunk from the surface of the earth to the center. Arbuthnot.
Practise to draw small and easy things, as a cherry with the leaf, the shaft of a steeple. Henry Peacham.
the slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow
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
that which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical
the trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant
the stem or midrib of a feather
the pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill
the part of a candlestick which supports its branches
the handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc
a pole, especially a Maypole
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
a column, an obelisk, or other spire-shaped or columnar monument
a rod at the end of a heddle
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
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
a well-like excavation in the earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and raising ore, for raising water, etc
a long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air shaft
the chamber of a blast furnace
Etymology: [OE. shaft, schaft, AS. sceaft; akin to D. schacht, OHG. scaft, G. schaft, Dan. & Sw. skaft handle, haft, Icel. skapt, and probably to L. scapus, Gr. , , a staff. Probably originally, a shaven or smoothed rod. Cf. Scape, Scepter, Shave.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
shaft, n. anything long and straight, as the stem of an arrow, &c.: a long arrow, anything like an arrow in form or effect: the part of a column between the base and capital: the stem of a feather: the pole or thill of a carriage: the handle of a tool of any kind.—adj. Shaft′ed, having a shaft or handle.—ns. Shaft′-horse, the horse that is harnessed between the shafts of a carriage; Shaft′ing (mach.), the system of shafts connecting machinery with the prime mover.—Make a shaft or a bolt of it (Shak.), to take the risk and make the best of it—the shaft and the bolt being the arrows of the long-bow and the cross-bow respectively. [A.S. sceaft; prob. orig. pa.p. of scafan, to shave.]
shaft, n. a well-like excavation sunk into a mine for pumping, hoisting, &c.: the tunnel of a blast-furnace. [Prob. in this sense from Ger. schacht, a shaft; cog. with foregoing.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A body of a long, cylindrical shape; a stem, stalk, trunk, or the like. Hence, the stem of an arrow, upon which the feather and head are inserted; hence, an arrow; a missile weapon. Also, the handle of a weapon; as, the shaft of a spear. It likewise means a perpendicular excavation into the earth for the purpose of mining.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shaft is ranked #51176 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Shaft surname appeared 407 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shaft.
95% or 387 total occurrences were White.
1.7% or 7 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'shaft' in Nouns Frequency: #2601
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The numerical value of shaft in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of shaft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of shaft in a Sentence
As it is raining today, the mine shaft hole has become much bigger, as it gets closer to the house I hope the area that has solid earth will remain intact.
O many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant And many a word, at random spoken, May soothe or wound a heart that's broken
When pumping begins, up to 5 million gallons a day of water will be pumped from the Red Hill Shaft.
The member was black, and the only remaining skin was at the base of the shaft and highly infectious.
Chief Executive Gregory Hayes:
You don't want to start that jet engine up with a shaft that's bent, even if we're talking about 5/10,000ths of an inch, you do three minutes of windmilling operation to cool the entire hot section of the aircraft down to the same temperature.
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