shaft - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    the main part of something long and thin, not including the end

    the shaft of an arrow

    1. a.
      the handle of a tool
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    2. b.
      a metal bar in an engine that causes a part to move when another part moves
    3. c.
      one of two long bars used for fastening a vehicle to a horse or other animal
  2. 2
    a long narrow passage, for example one that leads from the surface of the ground down to a mine
  3. 3
    literary a long thin line of light
  4. 4
    literary a clever remark, often one that offends or insults someone
  5. 5
    literary an arrow
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