Shaft - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ʃæft|  American pronunciation of the word shaft
Brit.  |ʃɑːft|  British pronunciation of the word shaft
- a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
- an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect (syn: barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shot, slam)
- a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
- a column of light (as from a beacon) (syn: beam, irradiation, ray)
- the main (mid) section of a long bone
- obscene terms for penis (syn: cock, dick, pecker, prick, tool)
- a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon (syn: lance, spear)
- a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)
- (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column (syn: scape)
- a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel
- a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
- the hollow spine of a feather (syn: calamus, quill)


- equip with a shaft
- defeat someone through trickery or deceit (syn: cheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw)


the shaft of a golf club

We really got shafted in that computer deal.

I can't believe you paid that much. You got shafted.

The shaft was aimed slap at him.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: shaft
he/she/it: shafts
present participle: shafting
past tense: shafted
past participle: shafted
singular: shaft
plural: shafts
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