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Definition 1: the hollow spine of a feather - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

(... is part of shaft) the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

Definition 2: a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow) - [noun denoting artifact]

(shaft is a kind of ...) a long thin implement made of metal or wood

(... is a kind of shaft ) a shaft on which a wheel rotates

(... is a kind of shaft ) one of two shafts extending from the body of a cart or carriage on either side of the animal that pulls it

Definition 3: a revolving rod that transmits power or motion - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) a long thin implement made of metal or wood

(... is a kind of shaft ) an engine shaft with cams attached to it

(... is a kind of shaft ) a rotating shaft driven by (or driving) a crank

(... is a kind of shaft ) a rotating shaft that transmits power from the engine to the point of application

(... is a kind of shaft ) any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

(... is a kind of shaft ) rotating shaft that transmits rotary motion from the engine to the differential

(... is part of shaft) a mechanism that rotates

Definition 4: a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel - [noun denoting artifact]

(shaft is a kind of ...) a way through or along which someone or something may pass

(... is a kind of shaft ) a shaft for ventilation

(... is a kind of shaft ) a ventilation shaft through which air enters a mine

(... is part of shaft) excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted

(... is part of shaft) a passageway through or under something, usually underground (especially one for trains or cars)

"the tunnel reduced congestion at that intersection"

Definition 5: (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) a vertical structural member as a post or stake

"the ball sailed between the uprights"

(... is part of shaft) (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

(shaft belongs to category ...) the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings

"architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"

Definition 6: a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator) - [noun denoting artifact]

(shaft is a kind of ...) a passage between rooms or between buildings

(... is a kind of shaft ) a vertical shaft in a building to permit the passage of an elevator from floor to floor

(... is a kind of shaft ) a shaft in a building; serves as an air passage for ventilation

(... is a kind of shaft ) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)

(... is part of shaft) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

"there was a three-story building on the corner" "it was an imposing edifice"

Definition 7: a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

"he was licensed to carry a weapon"

(... is a kind of shaft ) the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa

(... is a kind of shaft ) a spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events

(... is a kind of shaft ) a spear with three prongs

(shaft is a part of ...) a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove

(shaft is a part of ...) the head and sharpened point of a spear

Definition 8: the main (mid) section of a long bone - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) in limbs of vertebrate animals: a long cylindrical bone that contains marrow

Definition 9: obscene terms for penis - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) the male sex organ (`member' is a euphemism)

(shaft is used in the usage domain ...) an offensive or indecent word or phrase

Definition 10: a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer - [noun denoting communication]

(shaft is a kind of ...) a mark that is long relative to its width

"He drew a line on the chart"

(... is part of shaft) a mark to indicate a direction or relation

Definition 11: an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where shaft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his parting shot was `drop dead'
  • she threw shafts of sarcasm
  • she takes a dig at me every chance she gets

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

"from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account" "we would appreciate input from our users on how we can improve our software"

(... is a kind of shaft ) an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person

Definition 12: a column of light (as from a beacon) - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation

"the light was filtered through a soft glass window"

(... is a kind of shaft ) a ray that produces a thermal effect

(... is a kind of shaft ) the beam of a car's headlights that provides distant illumination

(... is a kind of shaft ) a ray of moonlight

(... is a kind of shaft ) a ray of sunlight

(... is a kind of shaft ) a beam of light generated by a laser

(... is a kind of shaft ) the beam of a car's headlights that provides illumination for a short distance

Definition 13: defeat someone through trickery or deceit - [verb of competition]

Synonyms for shaft in the sense of this definition

(shaft is a kind of ...) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

Definition 14: equip with a shaft - [verb of possession]

(shaft is a kind of ...) provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

"The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"

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