- 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
Example sentences from the Web for shaft
To Corliss’s left, the Umgeni River poured green and clear off the cliff to become Howick Falls, a gargantuan shaft of water that crashed off rock ledges and thundered into a deep pool below.
I was able to straddle the thrashing fish, grasping the shaft on either side of its head like handlebars on a motorcycle, and eventually subdued it with my dive knife.
Areas that would normally be dark and unassuming have more life — rays of light peek through slits of ventilation shafts as Miles crawls inside.PlayStation 5 review: PS5 is a sensory game-changer|Elise Favis|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
Her toolkit included four spearpoints that would have been attached to shafts and likely hurled at prey using hand-held spear throwers.Female big-game hunters may have been surprisingly common in the ancient Americas|Bruce Bower|November 4, 2020|Science News
What’s more, the Paninaro’s tall, zippered shaft makes it a cinch to drop in a hand warmer for an extra dose of heat.
We can summarize the three and a half hours of Oscars content for shafted viewers.ABC Promised to Livestream the Oscars and Totally Failed|Amy Zimmerman|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
LEO You are acutely aware of situations in which you feel, frankly, shafted.
Right over the stone marker, a long-shafted war-lance was carved—the blade pointing down.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
In the hand of the other akninili was placed a blue shafted wand, to show that he came from the south.The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony|Washington Matthews
There is a good tower-arch, a five-shafted font, and excellent wagon-shaped roofs; chancel-screen and reredos are modern.The Cornwall Coast|Arthur L. Salmon
The other long-shafted staff weapons may be divided into those for stabbing and those for cutting.
The stabbing or thrusting long-shafted weapons include the Lance, Spear, and Javelin.
British Dictionary definitions for shaft
- the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone
- the main portion of any elongated structure or part