- that part of a column or pier between the base and capital.
- any distinct, slender, vertical masonry feature engaged in a wall or pier and usually supporting or feigning to support an arch or vault.
verb (used with object)
Words nearby shaft
Origin of shaft
OTHER WORDS FROM shaftshaft·less, adjectiveshaft·like, adjectivesub·shaft, nounun·shaft·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for shaft
In one tragic incident in 1965, a man named Bob Restall passed out in the shaft and fell into the water.
Any celebration of these findings was quickly quashed as the shaft continued to flood and delay the work.
For decades, explorers struggled to cap an endless flood of water that prevented access to the shaft.
The elevator stopped at the bottom of the shaft, and the men flipped on their flashlights.The Real Monuments Men: The Coronation Chamber of Hitler|Robert Edsel|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Johnny slithered into the shaft, crawled five hundred feet into the earth.
The split portion of the hub is made to grip the shaft by means of a heavy clamp ring and set screw.Illustrated Catalogue of Cotton Machinery|Howard & Bullough American Machine Company, Ltd.
I avoided his shaft, and as his horse bolted past on my left, I pushed him with my shield, and knocked him from the saddle.The Prince of India, Volume II|Lew. Wallace
Alas, how cruelly barbed and how skilfully directed—how fatally sent, was the shaft of inexorable fate!Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2)|Jonathon Holt Ingraham
A shaft of sunlight had strayed over from the flower field and was loitering on his unpowdered hair, beating it into gold.Through the Gates of Old Romance|W. Jay Mills
And then the box struck the bottom of the shaft, and with a sigh of relief a lieutenant and two men crawled out.The Black Star|Johnston McCulley
British Dictionary definitions for shaft
- the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone
- the main portion of any elongated structure or part