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Origin of shafting
- 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)
Origin of shaft
Examples from the Web for shafting
The government has been shafting veterans since the Civil War and the modern VA does well at upholding that tradition.The Military Teaches Soldiers Strength; the VA Teaches Veterans to Beg|Chris Miller|August 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I twisted the shafting one way and the tube the other as far as I could, and pinned them together.Edison, His Life and Inventions|Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
Twenty or more shearers will be lined up in one of these sheds, each man operating a clipping machine connected with the shafting.
Long sheds are erected and shafting extends down both sides of the shearing place.
This makes the belt bite, or grip well, and brings the machine up to its maximum speed with the shafting.Life in a Railway Factory|Alfred Williams
These reels may be arranged so as to be operated from shafting by mechanical power, or by the hand of the attendants.The Story of the Cotton Plant|Frederick Wilkinson
- the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone
- the main portion of any elongated structure or part
Word Origin for shaft
Old English sceaft "long, slender rod, staff, pole; spear-shaft; spear," from Proto-Germanic *skaftaz (cf. Old Norse skapt, Old Saxon skaft, Old High German scaft, German schaft, Dutch schacht, not found in Gothic), which some connect with a Germanic passive past participle of PIE root *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape" (cf. Old English scafan "to shave, scrape, polish") on notion of "tree branch stripped of its bark." But cf. Latin scapus "shaft, stem, shank," Greek skeptron "a staff" (see scepter) which appear to be cognates.
Meaning "beam or ray" (of light, etc.) is attested from c.1300. Sense of "an arrow" is from c.1400; that of "a handle" from 1520s. Mechanical sense is from 1680s. Vulgar slang meaning "penis" first recorded 1719 on notion of "columnar part" (late 14c.); hence probably shaft (v.) and the related noun sense "act of unfair treatment" (1959), though some early sources insist this is from the notion of a "wound."
"long, narrow passage sunk into the earth," early 15c., probably from shaft (n.1) on notion of "long and cylindrical," perhaps as a translation of cognate Low German schacht in this sense (Grimm's suggestion, though OED is against it). Or it may represent a separate (unrecorded) development in Old English directly from Proto-Germanic *skaftaz if the original sense is "scrape, dig." The slang sense of shaft (n.1) is punned upon in country music song "She Got the Gold Mine, I Got the Shaft," a hit for Jerry Reed in 1982.
"treat cruelly and unfairly," by 1958, perhaps from shaft (n.1) with overtones of sodomy. Related: Shafted; shafting.