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Language: Old English
Origin: sceaft

shaft

1 noun
     
shaft1 S3 [countable]
1

passage

TBBTI a passage which goes down through a building or down into the ground, so that someone or something can get in or out
mine/elevator/ventilation etc shaft
a 300-foot elevator shaft
2

handle

TZ a long handle on a tool, spear etc
3

of light

a narrow beam of light
4

engine part

TTCTE a thin long piece of metal in an engine or machine that turns and passes on power or movement to another part of the machine:
a drive shaft
5

for a horse

[usually plural]TTB one of a pair of poles between which a horse is tied to pull a vehicle
6

arrow

literaryPMW an arrow
7

get the shaft

informal to be treated very unfairly

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