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air shaft

Mining. a ventilating shaft.
Origin of air shaft
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "I wish we could set the air shaft working," suggested Sandy.

  • One way is to keep a large fire at the bottom of the air shaft.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • What if it were an air shaft, running to the very bottom, a hundred feet below?

    The Rope of Gold

    Roy J. Snell
  • The fans will be blowing that fire down this air shaft in a few minutes.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Scarcely could a man fall in such a way in an air shaft and live.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • If two galleries in a mine are to be connected by an air shaft, how shall it be planned so as to save labor?

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
  • There was a scramble for the buckets, but no one offered to man the windlass and hoist them up the air shaft.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Grant looked up the air shaft and saw the fire–little flickering flames lighting up the shaft near the second level.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • They reached the passage in a cloud of smoke, but it was going up the air shaft and did not fill the passage.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • I'll tell you what, Em—you call down the air shaft to Cass, and tell him to send Henny up to make us a nice little coal fire here.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for air shaft

air shaft

a shaft for ventilation, esp in a mine or tunnel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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