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shaft
Part of Speech: noun
Results: 17
1. The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.
3. That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical.
4. The trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant.
5. The stem or midrib of a feather.
6. The pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill.
8. The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as a hammer, a whip, etc.
10. The body of a column; the cylindrical pillar between the capital and base ( see Illust. of Column). Also, the part of a chimney above the roof. Also, the spire of a steeple.
11. A column, an obelisk, or other spire- shaped or columnar monument.
12. A rod at the end of a heddle.
13. A solid or hollow cylinder or bar, having one or more journals on which it rests and revolves, and intended to carry one or more wheels or other revolving parts and to transmit power or motion; as, the shaft of a steam engine.
17. A humming bird ( Thaumastura cora) having two of the tail feathers next to the middle ones very long in the male; - called also cora humming bird.
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