- 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.
Origin of shaft
OTHER WORDS FROM shaftshaftless, adjectiveshaftlike, adjectivesubshaft, nounun·shaft·ed, adjective
How to use shaft in a sentence
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