Etymology: sceaft, from Germanic
- the long narrow body of a spear or arrow
- a beam or ray of light
- any long thin object, such as the handle of a tool, one of the poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle, the drive shaft of an engine
- the main axis of a feather
- (lacrosse) the long narrow body of a lacrosse stick
- a long narrow passage sunk into the earth, for mining etc
- a vertical passage housing a lift or elevator
- a ventilation or heating conduit
- a malicious act, as in "to give someone the shaft"
- skaftaz. Cognate with Dutch schaft, German Schaft, Swedish skaft.
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