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Dictionary definition for: Shaft

1. (n) a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer

2. (v) equip with a shaft

3. (n) 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"

4. (v) defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit

5. (n) a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)

6. (n) a column of light (as from a beacon)

7. (n) the main (mid) section of a long bone

8. (n) obscene terms for penis

9. (n) a long pointed rod used as a weapon

10. (n) a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)

11. (n) (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column

12. (n) a vertical passage into a mine

13. (n) a revolving rod that transmits power or motion

14. (n) the hollow shaft of a feather

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