- 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 shaftshaft·less, adjectiveshaft·like, adjectivesub·shaft, nounun·shaft·ed, adjective
Words nearby shaft
Example sentences 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