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Noun shaft has 12 senses
  1. shaft - a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
    --1 is a kind of
    --1 is a part of arrow, pointer
  2. shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibe - 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"
    --2 is a kind of remark, comment
    --2 has particulars: cheap shot
  3. shaft - a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
    --3 is a kind of
    --3 has particulars: axle; thill
  4. beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation - a column of light (as from a beacon)
    --4 is a kind of light, visible light, visible radiation
    --4 has particulars:
     heat ray; high beam; moonbeam, moon ray, moon-ray; sunbeam, sunray; laser beam; low beam
  5. diaphysis, shaft - the main (mid) section of a long bone
    --5 is a kind of long bone, os longum
  6. cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz - obscene terms for penis
    --6 is a kind of penis, phallus, member
  7. spear, lance, shaft - a long pointed rod used as a weapon
    --7 is a kind of weapon, arm, weapon system
    --7 has parts: barb; spearhead, spearpoint, spear-point
    --7 has particulars: assegai, assagai; javelin; trident
  8. shaft - a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
    --8 is a kind of
    --8 is a part of building, edifice
    --8 has particulars: elevator shaft; ventilation shaft; well
  9. shaft, scape - (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column
    --9 is a kind of upright, vertical
    --9 is a part of column, pillar
    Derived form: verb shaft1
  10. shaft - a vertical passage into a mine
    --10 is a kind of
    --10 is a part of mine
    --10 has particulars: air shaft, air well; downcast
  11. rotating shaft, shaft - a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
    --11 is a kind of rod
    --11 is a part of rotating mechanism
    --11 has particulars:
     camshaft; crankshaft; driveshaft; spindle, mandrel, mandril, arbor; transmission shaft
  12. quill, calamus, shaft - the hollow shaft of a feather
    --12 is a kind of rib
    --12 is a part of feather, plume, plumage
Verb shaft has 2 senses
  1. shaft - equip with a shaft
    --1 is one way to
    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    Derived form: noun shaft9
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  2. cheat, chouse, shaft, screw, chicane, jockey - defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit
    --2 is one way to beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
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