Meaning of “shaft” - Learner’s Dictionary

shaft

noun [ C ] us uk /ʃɑːft/
HOLE

a long, vertical hole that people or things can move through, either inside a building or in the ground:

a mine shaft
a ventilation shaft
HANDLE

the handle of a tool or weapon

a shaft of light

a beam of light

(Definition of “shaft” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)