- noun the long handle of a tool such as a spade
- noun a thin beam of light
- noun a deep hole connecting one place to another
- noun a long, generally cylindrical bar, especially one that rotates and transmits power
Cars & Driving
- noun a round bar which transmits turning power from one part to another.
- That portion of a column between the base and the capital.
- An elevator well.
- A pit dug from the ground surface to a tunnel to furnish access and ventilation.
- Any enclosed vertical space in a building used for utilities or ventilation.
- Any cylindrical rod connecting moving parts in a machine.
- A long and narrow rod or pole.
- A ray or beam of light.
- noun the penis. A predictable but rare use of the standard term.
- noun an alternative form of a shafting. It usually occurs in the form ‘get the shaft’.
- verb to have sex with, penetrate. From the noun shaft, denoting the penis.
- verb to ruin, damage, destroy (someone). Most often heard in the form of the past participle ‘shafted’, this term is another example of a slang word literally meaning to have sex with someone used metaphorically to mean humiliate or abase.
Origin & History of “shaft”
Shaft is a general Germanic word, shared by German and Dutch schaft and Swedish and Danish skaft. these point back to a common prehistoric ancestor *skaftaz, which may have been descended from the Indo-European base *scap- ‘support’ (source of English sceptre (13th c.)).