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English definition of “shaft”


noun [C] (LONG OBJECT)    /ʃɑːft/ US  /ʃæft/
a pole or rod that forms the handle of a tool or weapon: the shaft of a golf clubPoles, rods, shafts and sticksToolsGardening toolsMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores a rod forming part of a machine such as an engine, that turns in order to pass power on to the machine: the drive shaft of a car the propeller shaft of an aircraft → See also crankshaftMachine parts specialized medical the part of the hair above the scalpSubstances and structures in the body specialized medical a long structure like a stem in the body shaft of light a beam of light: A shaft of (sun)light came through the open door.Quantities and units of light
(Definition of shaft noun (LONG OBJECT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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