- 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)
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Origin of shaft
OTHER WORDS FROM shaftshaftless, adjectiveshaftlike, adjectivesubshaft, nounun·shaft·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for shaft
Its most popular post was a story about a colony of humans living in elevator shafts.A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit for a week and no one noticed|Niall Firth|October 8, 2020|MIT Technology Review
They come in green or pink, and have a waterproof rubber exterior with a stretchy, nylon shaft.
Select a dead, dry hardwood stave for your bow, and pick some shoots or sucker growth for the arrow shafts.This essential survival tool can save your life 10 different ways|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
The shafts surround the site of a Neolithic village called Durrington Walls.
Notches and wear at the bottom of the bone points indicate that they were attached to thin shafts.Clues to the earliest known bow-and-arrow hunting outside Africa have been found|Bruce Bower|June 12, 2020|Science News
Wandering around Tribeca, you may stumble upon a decrepit elevator shaft that's full of curiosities.
A man had killed himself by jumping out the window at the top, while a woman had done so by jumping down the elevator 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.
His arm was drawn around the drum, and finally his whole body was drawn over the shaft, at a fearful rate.
"I did n't fly off the handle," said the screw, twirling huskily at the end of the screw-shaft.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
It was placed immediately over the shaft and pump-rods, requiring no engine-beam.
The case was fixed over the engine-shaft on two beams of timber from wall to wall.
The pole-case was fixed to strong beams immediately over the pump-shaft.
British Dictionary definitions for shaft
- the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone
- the main portion of any elongated structure or part