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English Dictionary: shaft by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
shaft
n
  1. a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  2. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
    Synonym(s): shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibe
  3. a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
  4. a column of light (as from a beacon)
    Synonym(s): beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation
  5. the main (mid) section of a long bone
    Synonym(s): diaphysis, shaft
  6. obscene terms for penis
    Synonym(s): cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz
  7. a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    Synonym(s): spear, lance, shaft
  8. a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
  9. (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
    Synonym(s): shaft, scape
  10. a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
  11. a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
    Synonym(s): rotating shaft, shaft
  12. the hollow spine of a feather
    Synonym(s): quill, calamus, shaft
v
  1. equip with a shaft
  2. defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    Synonym(s): cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shaft \Shaft\, n. [OE. shaft, schaft, AS. sceaft; akin to D.
      schacht, OHG. scaft, G. schaft, Dan. & Sw. skaft handle,
      haft, Icel. skapt, and probably to L. scapus, Gr.
      [?][?][?][?], [?][?][?][?], a staff. Probably originally, a
      shaven or smoothed rod. Cf. {Scape}, {Scepter}, {Shave}.]
      1. The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.
  
                     His sleep, his meat, his drink, is him bereft, That
                     lean he wax, and dry as is a shaft.   --Chaucer.
  
                     A shaft hath three principal parts, the stele
                     [stale], the feathers, and the head.   --Ascham.
  
      2. The long handle of a spear or similar weapon; hence, the
            weapon itself; (Fig.) anything regarded as a shaft to be
            thrown or darted; as, shafts of light.
  
                     And the thunder, Winged with red lightning and
                     impetuous rage, Perhaps hath spent his shafts.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
                     Some kinds of literary pursuits . . . have been
                     attacked with all the shafts of ridicule. --V. Knox.
  
      3. That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of
            an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when
            cylindrical. Specifically: (a) (Bot.) The trunk, stem, or
            stalk of a plant.
            (b) (Zo[94]l.) The stem or midrib of a feather. See
                  Illust. of {Feather}.
            (c) The pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill.
            (d) The part of a candlestick which supports its branches.
  
                           Thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold . . .
                           his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his
                           knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
                                                                              --Ex. xxv. 31.
            (e) The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments,
                  etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc.
            (f) A pole, especially a Maypole. [Obs.] --Stow.
            (g) (Arch.) The body of a column; the cylindrical pillar
                  between the capital and base (see Illust. of
                  {Column}). Also, the part of a chimney above the roof.
                  Also, the spire of a steeple. [Obs. or R.] --Gwilt.
            (h) A column, an obelisk, or other spire-shaped or
                  columnar monument.
  
                           Bid time and nature gently spare The shaft we
                           raise to thee.                              --Emerson.
            (i) (Weaving) A rod at the end of a heddle.
            (j) (Mach.) A solid or hollow cylinder or bar, having one
                  or more journals on which it rests and revolves, and
                  intended to carry one or more wheels or other
                  revolving parts and to transmit power or motion; as,
                  the shaft of a steam engine. See Illust. of
                  {Countershaft}.
  
      4. (Zo[94]l.) A humming bird ({Thaumastura cora}) having two
            of the tail feathers next to the middle ones very long in
            the male; -- called also {cora humming bird}.
  
      5. [Cf. G. schacht.] (Mining) A well-like excavation in the
            earth, perpendicular or nearly so, made for reaching and
            raising ore, for raising water, etc.
  
      6. A long passage for the admission or outlet of air; an air
            shaft.
  
      7. The chamber of a blast furnace.
  
      {Line shaft} (Mach.), a main shaft of considerable length, in
            a shop or factory, usually bearing a number of pulleys by
            which machines are driven, commonly by means of
            countershafts; -- called also {line}, or {main line}.
  
      {Shaft alley} (Naut.), a passage extending from the engine
            room to the stern, and containing the propeller shaft.
  
      {Shaft furnace} (Metal.), a furnace, in the form of a
            chimney, which is charged at the top and tapped at the
            bottom.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Band \Band\ (b[acr]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Banded}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Banding}.]
      1. To bind or tie with a band.
  
      2. To mark with a band.
  
      3. To unite in a troop, company, or confederacy. [bd]Banded
            against his throne.[b8] --Milton.
  
      {Banded architrave}, {pier}, {shaft}, etc. (Arch.), an
            architrave, pier, etc., of which the regular profile is
            interrupted by blocks or projections crossing it at right
            angles.
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