Synonyms of shaft


1. shaft, line

usage: a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer

2. shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibe, remark, comment, input

usage: 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, rod

usage: 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, light, visible light, visible radiation

usage: a column of light (as from a beacon)

5. diaphysis, shaft, long bone, os longum

usage: the main (mid) section of a long bone

7. spear, lance, shaft, weapon, arm, weapon system

usage: a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

8. shaft, passageway

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

9. shaft, scape, upright, vertical

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

10. shaft, passage

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

11. rotating shaft, shaft, rod

usage: a revolving rod that transmits power or motion

12. quill, calamus, shaft, rib

usage: the hollow spine of a feather


1. shaft, equip, fit, fit out, outfit

usage: equip with a shaft

2. cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey, beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

usage: defeat someone through trickery or deceit

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