propeller shaft

  1. a shaft that transmits power from an engine to a propeller.

  2. a drive shaft.

Origin of propeller shaft

First recorded in 1830–40

Words Nearby propeller shaft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use propeller shaft in a sentence

  • Right over my bunk where I slept, ceaselessly turned and turned the propeller shaft.

    Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
  • Matt switched the power into the propeller shaft and the Hawk glided upward.

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue | Stanley R. Matthews
  • She was even admitted into the great tube of the propeller-shaft.

    Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann
  • The front end of the crank-case encloses reduction gear for the propeller shaft, together with the shaft and bearings.

    A History of Aeronautics | E. Charles Vivian
  • Could any one, from captain to the lowest sailor, prevent the propeller-shaft from snapping at any moment?

    Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann

British Dictionary definitions for propeller shaft

propeller shaft

  1. 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

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