shaft: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (shaft, shäft), [key]
- a long pole forming the body of various weapons, as lances, halberds, or arrows.
- something directed or barbed as in sharp attack: shafts of sarcasm.
- a ray or beam: a shaft of sunlight.
- a long, comparatively straight handle serving as an important or balancing part of an implement or device, as of a hammer, ax, golf club, or other implement.
- a rotating or oscillating round, straight bar for transmitting motion and torque, usually supported on bearings and carrying gears, wheels, or the like, as a propeller shaft on a ship, or a drive shaft of an engine.
- a flagpole.
- that part of a column or pier between the base and capital. See diag. undercolumn.
- any distinct, slender, vertical masonry feature engaged in a wall or pier and usually supporting or feigning to support an arch or vault.
- a monument in the form of a column, obelisk, or the like.
- either of the parallel bars of wood between which the animal drawing a vehicle is hitched.
- any well-like passage or vertical enclosed space, as in a building: an elevator shaft.
- a vertical or sloping passageway leading to the surface.
- the trunk of a tree.
- the main stem or midrib of a feather.
- Also calledthe harness or warp with reference to the pattern of interlacing threads in weave constructions (usually used in combination): an eight-shaft satin.
- the part of a candelabrum that supports the branches.
- to push or propel with a pole: to shaft a boat through a tunnel.
- to treat in a harsh, unfair, or treacherous manner.
- shaft (Thesaurus)