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noun [countable]     shaft pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    the main part of something long and thin, not including the end

    the shaft of an arrow

    the shaft of the penis

    1. a.
      a metal bar in an engine that causes a part to move when another part moves
    2. b.
      the handle of a tool
    3. c.
  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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