shaft

Part of speech: noun

A spear; dart; arrow; the stock or stem of such a weapon.

Part of speech: noun

The part of a column between capital and base.

Part of speech: noun

Any long cylindrical bar, as an axle, thill, or the like.

Part of speech: noun

A well like opening connected with a mine; the tunnel of a blast furnace.

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Usage examples "shaft":

  1. When it was done we withdrew to the end of the passage and looked up the shaft, and I for one was glad to see the stars shining in heaven above me. - "Montezuma's Daughter", H. Rider Haggard.
  2. Our thrust shaft has cracked!" - "Dan Merrithew", Lawrence Perry.
  3. Criticism based on any other conception of my purpose is a spent shaft. - "Success (Second Edition)", Max Aitken Beaverbrook.