- 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 shafted
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.
There were simple round-arched, shafted windows in each bay, and the clerestory was finished like the aisle with a corbel-table.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain|George Edmund Street
The scene is shifting, the stage is dark'ning—a strange eclipse obscures the shafted light!Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre|Voltairine de Cleyre
Its arches rest on four shafted columns, somewhat Gothic in character, and crowned with capitals distinctly Turkish.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople|Alexander Van Millingen
At each angle of the crossing are masses of shafted piers, connected by wide and lofty rounded arches.The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church|A. Hamilton Thompson
Le Borgne shifts his spread feet, mutters a guttural grunt, and puffs out his torch; but the shafted flame reveals his shadow.Heralds of Empire|Agnes C. Laut
British Dictionary definitions for shafted
- the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone
- the main portion of any elongated structure or part