[ shaf-ting, shahf- ]
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  1. a number of shafts.

  2. Machinery. a system of shafts, as the overhead shafts formerly used for driving the machinery of a mill.

  1. steel bar stock used for shafts.

  2. Architecture. a system of shafts, as those around a pier or in the reveals of an archway.

  3. Slang. an instance of unique or unfair treatment: The owners gave him a real shafting on the deal.

Origin of shafting

First recorded in 1815–25; shaft + -ing1

Words Nearby shafting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shafting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shafting


/ (ˈʃɑːftɪŋ) /

  1. an assembly of rotating shafts for transmitting power

  2. the stock from which shafts are made

  1. architect a set of shafts

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