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  Definition of shaft
  1. the hollow shaft of a feather
  2. a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
  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 vertical passage into a mine
  5. (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
  6. a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
  7. a long pointed rod used as a weapon
  8. the main (mid) section of a long bone
  9. 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"
  10. a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
  11. a column of light (as from a beacon)
  12. defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
  13. equip with a shaft
Similar Words: quill, calamus, rotating shaft, scape, spear, lance, diaphysis, shot, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibe, beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft of light, irradiation, cheat, chouse, screw, chicane, jockey

 

Hyponyms: camshaft, crankshaft, driveshaft, spindle, mandrel, mandril, arbor, transmission shaft, axle, thill, air shaft, air well, downcast, elevator shaft, ventilation shaft, well, assegai, assagai, javelin, trident, cheap shot, heat ray, high beam, moonbeam, moon ray, moon-ray, sunbeam, sunray, laser beam, low beam

 

Part Meronyms: feather, plume, plumage, rotating mechanism, mine, column, pillar, building, edifice, arrow, pointer

 

Derivational Morphology: lance, spear, spear up, jeer, scoff, flout, barrack, gibe, irradiate, ray, shine, beam, trickery, chicanery, chicane, guile, wile, shenanigan, swindle, cheat, rig, deceiver, cheater, trickster, beguiler, slicker, scape

 

 
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