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English noun: shaft

1. shaft (communication) a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer


Broader (hypernym)line


Part meronymarrow, pointer

2. shaft (communication) an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect


SamplesHis parting shot was `drop dead'.
She threw shafts of sarcasm.
She takes a dig at me every chance she gets.


Synonymsbarb, dig, gibe, jibe, shot, slam


Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark


Narrower (hyponym)cheap shot

3. shaft (artifact) a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)


Broader (hypernym)rod


Narrower (hyponym)axle, thill

4. shaft (phenomenon) a column of light (as from a beacon)


Synonymsbeam, beam of light, irradiation, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft of light


Broader (hypernym)light, visible light, visible radiation


Narrower (hyponym)heat ray, high beam, laser beam, low beam, moon ray, moon-ray, moonbeam, sunbeam, sunray

5. shaft (body) the main (mid) section of a long bone


Synonymsdiaphysis


Broader (hypernym)long bone, os longum

6. shaft (body) obscene terms for penis


Synonymscock, dick, pecker, peter, prick, putz, tool


Broader (hypernym)member, penis, phallus


Domain usagedirty word, filth, obscenity, smut, vulgarism

7. shaft (artifact) a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon


Synonymslance, spear


Broader (hypernym)arm, weapon, weapon system


Narrower (hyponym)assagai, assegai, javelin, trident


Part holonymbarb, spear-point, spearhead, spearpoint

8. shaft (artifact) a vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator)


Broader (hypernym)passageway


Narrower (hyponym)elevator shaft, ventilation shaft, well


Part meronymbuilding, edifice

9. shaft (artifact) (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column


Synonymsscape


Broader (hypernym)upright, vertical


Part meronymcolumn, pillar


Domain categoryarchitecture

10. shaft (artifact) a long vertical passage sunk into the earth, as for a mine or tunnel


Broader (hypernym)passage


Narrower (hyponym)air shaft, air well, downcast


Part meronymmine, tunnel

11. shaft (artifact) a revolving rod that transmits power or motion


Synonymsrotating shaft


Broader (hypernym)rod


Narrower (hyponym)arbor, camshaft, crankshaft, driveshaft, mandrel, mandril, spindle, transmission shaft


Part meronymrotating mechanism

12. shaft (animal) the hollow spine of a feather


Synonymscalamus, quill


Broader (hypernym)rib


Part meronymfeather, plumage, plume


English verb: shaft

1. shaft (possession) equip with a shaft


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)equip, fit, fit out, outfit

2. shaft (competition) defeat someone through trickery or deceit


Synonymscheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish









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