Shaft definition

Shaft definition DEFAULT

1: Ripped off
2: The stem of the penis
3: Victim of a trick pulled by a friend
4: Treated like shit where you work
5: a long square tube that rises for stories by use of an elevator
6: a place where gold is mined

1: that dude shafted me, my 10$ action figure broke
2: I exercised my shaft for a while
3: My freind shafted me! now the TV's are showing me during my bout of racism and everyone thinks i'm a prick!
4: My boss shafted me, not to worry, he's shafting demons in hell
5: The elevator's cable broke and we were flying through the shaft, worst... day... EVER!
6: I mined 50 kgs of gold from my private shaft, i transformed them into 24-karat gold Loonies, there's so much, i do not know how much i have in Loonies

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a long slender part, such as the diaphysis of a long bone.

Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


, pl.


(dī-af'i-sis, -sēz), [TA]

An elongated rodlike structure, as the part of a long bone between the epiphysial extremities. The shaft of a long bone, as distinguished from the epiphyses, or extremities, and apophyses, or outgrowths.

Synonym(s): shaft [TA]

[G. a growing between]

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1. An elongated rodlike structure, such as the midsection of a long bone.

2. The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.

3. The main axis of a feather, especially its distal portion.

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The cylindrical part of penis between the scrotum and head.

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(shaft) [TA]

An elongated rodlike structure, as the part of a long bone between the epiphysial extremities.
Synonym(s): diaphysis [TA] .

[A.S. sceaft]

Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(shaft) [TA]

An elongated rodlike structure.
Synonym(s): diaphysis [TA] .

[A.S. sceaft]

Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about shaft

Q. i'm 21 years old, and my penis outer skin covers the shaft. Is it natural to have like that? from my young age the outer skin of my penis covers my shaft, and only a little of the tip is exposed even if i try to pull the skin upwards. Is it natural to have it like that? I've seen in all porn movies and other sex videos that for all those guys the outer skin can be pulled up half the way. Will this affect my sex life?

A. i went through that link. But still i'm not clear. The flash video shown over there is different from what I can see with my penis. In the video the foreskin can be pulled a long way, and the head of the penis is fully exposed. But this doesn't happen with me. Even at erect stage, my head is exposed only a little bit( like in the first part of first picture ). Can someone give more info?

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[ shaft, shahft ]

/ ʃæft, ʃɑft /

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a long pole forming the body of various weapons, as lances, halberds, or arrows.

something directed or barbed as in sharp attack: shafts of sarcasm.

a ray or beam: a shaft of sunlight.

a long, comparatively straight handle serving as an important or balancing part of an implement or device, as of a hammer, ax, golf club, or other implement.

Machinery. a rotating or oscillating round, straight bar for transmitting motion and torque, usually supported on bearings and carrying gears, wheels, or the like, as a propeller shaft on a ship, or a drive shaft of an engine.

a flagpole.

  1. that part of a column or pier between the base and capital.
  2. any distinct, slender, vertical masonry feature engaged in a wall or pier and usually supporting or feigning to support an arch or vault.

a monument in the form of a column, obelisk, or the like.

either of the parallel bars of wood between which the animal drawing a vehicle is hitched.

any well-like passage or vertical enclosed space, as in a building: an elevator shaft.

Mining. a vertical or sloping passageway leading to the surface.

Botany. the trunk of a tree.

Zoology. the main stem or midrib of a feather.

Also called leaf. Textiles. the harness or warp with reference to the pattern of interlacing threads in weave constructions (usually used in combination): an eight-shaft satin.

the part of a candelabrum that supports the branches.

Slang: Vulgar. the penis.

Slang: harsh, unfair, or treacherous treatment: I feel like he’s giving me the shaft.

verb (used with object)

to push or propel with a pole: to shaft a boat through a tunnel.

Slang. to treat in a harsh, unfair, or treacherous manner.



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Origin of shaft

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English sceaft; cognate with German Schaft; compare Latin scāpus “shaft,” Greek skêptronscepter



Words nearby shaft

Shadwell, shady, SHAEF, Shaffer, Shafiʿi, shaft, shaft alley, Shaftesbury, shaft feather, shaft grave, shaft horsepower Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to shaft

cylinder, beam, tunnel, rod, duct, chimney, handle, pole, bar, stem, lance, arrow, spear, missile, streak, wave, ray, vent, monolith, barb

How to use shaft in a sentence

  • Notches and wear at the bottom of the bone points indicate that they were attached to thin shafts.

    Clues to the earliest known bow-and-arrow hunting outside Africa have been found|Bruce Bower|June 12, 2020|Science News

  • Wandering around Tribeca, you may stumble upon a decrepit elevator shaft that's full of curiosities.

    New York’s Tiniest—and Weirdest—Museum|Nina Strochlic|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • A man had killed himself by jumping out the window at the top, while a woman had done so by jumping down the elevator shaft.

    Weird Washington Monument History|William O’Connor|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • In one tragic incident in 1965, a man named Bob Restall passed out in the shaft and fell into the water.

    Treasure Hunt to Discover Oak Island’s Mysterious Booty|Nina Strochlic|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Any celebration of these findings was quickly quashed as the shaft continued to flood and delay the work.

    Treasure Hunt to Discover Oak Island’s Mysterious Booty|Nina Strochlic|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • For decades, explorers struggled to cap an endless flood of water that prevented access to the shaft.

    Treasure Hunt to Discover Oak Island’s Mysterious Booty|Nina Strochlic|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • His arm was drawn around the drum, and finally his whole body was drawn over the shaft, at a fearful rate.

    The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;|Various

  • "I did n't fly off the handle," said the screw, twirling huskily at the end of the screw-shaft.

    Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling

  • It was placed immediately over the shaft and pump-rods, requiring no engine-beam.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick

  • The case was fixed over the engine-shaft on two beams of timber from wall to wall.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick

  • The pole-case was fixed to strong beams immediately over the pump-shaft.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick

British Dictionary definitions for shaft


the long narrow pole that forms the body of a spear, arrow, etc

something directed at a person in the manner of a missileshafts of sarcasm

a ray, beam, or streak, esp of light

a rod or pole forming the handle of a hammer, axe, golf club, etc

a revolving rod that transmits motion or power: usually used of axial rotationCompare rod (def. 9)

one of the two wooden poles by which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle

  1. the middle part (diaphysis) of a long bone
  2. the main portion of any elongated structure or part

the middle part of a column or pier, between the base and the capital

a column, obelisk, etc, esp one that forms a monument

architecta column that supports a vaulting rib, sometimes one of a set

a vertical passageway through a building, as for a lift

a vertical passageway into a mine

ornitholthe central rib of a feather

an archaic or literary word for arrow

get the shaftUS and Canadianslangto be tricked or cheated


slangto have sexual intercourse with (a woman)

slangto trick or cheat

Word Origin for shaft

Old English sceaft; related to Old Norse skapt, German Schaft, Latin scāpus shaft, Greek skeptronsceptre, Lettish skeps javelin

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Medical definitions for shaft


An elongated rodlike structure, such as the midsection of a long bone.

The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.

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Shaft - Meaning of shaft

Meaning of shaft in English

access shaft

The site would also include a temporary accessshaft and a jetty for the loading of excavated tunnel spoil on to barges for removal.

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balance shaft

The 60 degree vee-angle eliminates the need for a balanceshaft, improving refinement while reducing mechanical complexity.



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central shaft

This tomb presented a centralshaft that separated two chambers; within this tomb, a rich treasure composed of seashells, turquoise, and jadeite was found.

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Definition shaft

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The noun shaft refers to something that resembles a long, thin pole, such as the long part of an arrow between the tip and the feathers.

The word shaft can describe all kinds of things that are long and thin, such a shaft of light or a spear or the handle of a golf club or the midsection of a long bone. A shaft can also be a long narrow tunnel, generally one that runs straight up and down, such as a mine shaft or an elevator shaft. You might think these items don’t have much in common, but think about their shape: they’re all long, straight, and thin.

Definitions of shaft

  1. noun

    a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
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    a shaft on which a wheel rotates


    one of two shafts extending from the body of a cart or carriage on either side of the animal that pulls it

    dead axle

    an axle that carries a wheel but without power to drive it


    the part of the axle contained by a bearing

    driving axle, live axle

    the axle of a self-propelled vehicle that provides the driving power

    type of:

    a long thin implement made of metal or wood

  2. noun

    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    synonyms:lance, spear
  3. noun

    a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
    synonyms:rotating shaft
  4. noun

    the main (mid) section of a long bone
  5. noun

    the hollow spine of a feather
    synonyms:calamus, quill
  6. noun

    obscene terms for penis
  7. noun

    (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
  8. noun

    a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  9. noun

    a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
  10. noun

    a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
  11. noun

    a column of light (as from a beacon)
    synonyms:beam, beam of light, irradiation, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft of light
  12. noun

    an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

    “she threw shafts of sarcasm”

    synonyms:barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shot, slam
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    cheap shot

    an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person

    type of:
    comment, input, remark

    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

  13. verb

    defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    synonyms:cheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw
Types of Shaft Coupling, Animation, Machine Design - Solidworks

3: something suggestive of the shaft of a spear or arrow especially in long slender cylindrical form: such as

a: the trunk of a tree

b: the cylindrical pillar between the capital and the base

c: the handle of a tool or instrument (such as a golf club)

d: a commonly cylindrical bar used to support rotating pieces or to transmit power or motion by rotation

e: the stem or central axis of a feather

f: the upright member of a cross especially below the arms

g: the cylindrical part of a long bone between the enlarged ends

h: a small architectural column (as at each side of a doorway)

i: a column, obelisk, or other spire-shaped or columnar monument

j: a vertical or inclined opening of uniform and limited cross section made for finding or mining ore, raising water, or ventilating underground workings (as in a cave)

k: the part of a hair that is visible above the surface of the skin — see hair illustration

l: a vertical opening or passage through the floors of a building

4a: a projectile thrown like a spear or shot like an arrow

b: a scornful, satirical, or pithily critical remark or attack

c: harsh or unfair treatment—usually used with thegave them the shaft


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