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shaft

  

      n  
1    the long narrow pole that forms the body of a spear, arrow, etc.  
2    something directed at a person in the manner of a missile  
shafts of sarcasm     
3    a ray, beam, or streak, esp. of light  
4    a rod or pole forming the handle of a hammer, axe, golf club, etc.  
5    a revolving rod that transmits motion or power: usually used of axial rotation  
   Compare       rod       9  
6    one of the two wooden poles by which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle  
7      (Anatomy)  
a    the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone  
b    the main portion of any elongated structure or part  
8    the middle part of a column or pier, between the base and the capital  
9    a column, obelisk, etc., esp. one that forms a monument  
10      (Architect)   a column that supports a vaulting rib, sometimes one of a set  
11    a vertical passageway through a building, as for a lift  
12    a vertical passageway into a mine  
13      (Ornithol)   the central rib of a feather  
14       an archaic or literary word for       arrow  
15    get the shaft     (U.S. and Canadian)  
slang   to be tricked or cheated  
      vb  
16    Slang   to have sexual intercourse with (a woman)  
17    Slang   to trick or cheat  
     (Old English sceaft; related to Old Norse skapt, German Schaft, Latin scapus shaft, Greek skeptron sceptre, Lettish skeps javelin)  


air shaft  
      n   a shaft for ventilation, esp. in a mine or tunnel  
butt shaft  
      n   a blunt-headed unbarbed arrow  
drive shaft  
      n      another name for       propeller shaft  
escape shaft  
      n   a shaft in a mine through which miners can escape if the regular shaft is blocked  
idler shaft  
      n   a shaft carrying one or more gearwheels that idles between a driver shaft and a driven shaft, usually to reverse the direction of rotation or provide different spacing of gearwheels, esp. in a gearbox  
propeller shaft  
      n   the shaft that transmits power from the gearbox to the differential gear in a motor vehicle or from the engine to the propeller in a ship or aircraft  
shaft feather  
      n     (Archery)   one of the two fletchings on an arrow  
   Compare       cock feather  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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shaft

  
1    handle, pole, rod, shank, stem, upright  
2    beam, gleam, ray, streak  
3    barb, cut, dart, gibe, sting, thrust  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
1 of the Femur bone neck shaft 2 of the femoral artery 3 femoral arterial access
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