What does shaft mean?

Definitions for shaft
ʃæft, ʃɑftshaft

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shaft.

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

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.

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

  2. shaft(Noun)

    A beam or ray of light

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

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

  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!

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

  4. shaft(Noun)

    The main axis of a feather

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

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

  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!

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

  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.

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

  7. shaft(Noun)

    A vertical or near-vertical cave passage.

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

  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.

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

  9. shaft(Noun)

    A ventilation or heating conduit; an air duct.

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

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

  10. shaft(Verb)

    to equip something with a shaft

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

  11. shaft(Verb)

    To have sexual intercourse with someone

    Turns out my best mate was shafting my girlfriend.

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

  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.

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

  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!

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

  14. shaft(Noun)

    The main cylindrical part of the penis

    Etymology: 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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  4. Shaft(noun)

    the trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant

    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.]

  5. Shaft(noun)

    the stem or midrib of a feather

    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.]

  6. Shaft(noun)

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

    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.]

  7. Shaft(noun)

    the part of a candlestick which supports its branches

    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.]

  8. Shaft(noun)

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

    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.]

  9. Shaft(noun)

    a pole, especially a Maypole

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  11. Shaft(noun)

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

    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.]

  12. Shaft(noun)

    a rod at the end of a heddle

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  15. Shaft(noun)

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

    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.]

  16. Shaft(noun)

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

    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.]

  17. Shaft(noun)

    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.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shaft

    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.]

  2. Shaft

    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

  1. shaft

    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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shaft in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shaft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of shaft in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Kauff:

    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.

  2. Sir Walter Scott:

    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

  3. 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.

  4. Aesop:

    The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.

  5. Costica Maroleanu:

    The member was black, and the only remaining skin was at the base of the shaft and highly infectious.

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