Meaning of 'shaft' (Webster Dictionary)
- The slender, smooth stem of an arrow; hence, an arrow.
- The long handle of a spear or similar weapon; hence, the
weapon itself; (Fig.) anything regarded as a shaft to be thrown or
darted; as, shafts of light.
- That which resembles in some degree the stem or handle of an
arrow or a spear; a long, slender part, especially when cylindrical.
- The trunk, stem, or stalk of a plant.
- The stem or midrib of a feather.
- The pole, or tongue, of a vehicle; also, a thill.
- The part of a candlestick which supports its branches.
- The handle or helve of certain tools, instruments, etc., as
a hammer, a whip, etc.
- A pole, especially a Maypole.
- 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.
- A column, an obelisk, or other spire-shaped or columnar
- A rod at the end of a heddle.
- A solid or