shaft

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1 shaft /ˈʃæft/ Brit /ˈʃɑːft/ noun
plural shafts
1 shaft
/ˈʃæft/ Brit /ˈʃɑːft/
noun
plural shafts
Learner's definition of SHAFT
[count] : the long, narrow part of a weapon, tool, instrument, etc.
[count] : a bar in a machine which holds or turns other parts that move or spin see also driveshaft
[count] : one of two poles between which a horse is tied to pull a vehicle (such as a carriage)
[count]
: an opening or passage straight down through the floors of a building
[count] formal + literary : a narrow beam of light
the shaft US, informal : harsh or unfair treatment
2 shaft /ˈʃæft/ Brit /ˈʃɑːft/ verb
shafts; shafted; shafting
2 shaft
/ˈʃæft/ Brit /ˈʃɑːft/
verb
shafts; shafted; shafting
Learner's definition of SHAFT
[+ object] chiefly US, informal
: to treat (someone) unfairly or harshly
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