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propeller shaft

a shaft that transmits power from an engine to a propeller.
a drive shaft.
Origin of propeller shaft
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The angle of the thread is its angle to the axial line of the propeller shaft.

  • Three quarters of an inch from the backbone, and parallel with it, bore a little hole for the propeller shaft or axle.

  • This will give the length of the blade from the boss, and the centre line of the propeller shaft may be added below.

  • There is also wide difference in opinion as to the equipment of the propeller shaft with two or more blades.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • From the outer end of the propeller shaft in front to the extreme rear edge of the vertical rudder, the machine is 25 feet deep.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Right over my bunk where I slept, ceaselessly turned and turned the propeller shaft.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • The propeller shaft is driven through reducing gears which can be furnished in different gear ratios.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • A ball-thrust bearing is provided on the propeller shaft to take the thrust of a propeller or tractor, as the case may be.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • "propeller shaft broken, sir," came the cry from below to Underhill as he stood clinging to the rail of the bridge.

  • Matt switched the power into the propeller shaft and the Hawk glided upward.

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for propeller shaft

propeller shaft

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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