- n. a vertical shaft in a building to permit the passage of an elevator from floor to floor
“I turned to the first page, ran my finger down a column, and read, "'The following statement regarding the origin of the fire is made by Mr. E.O. Ball:" I was passing down the rear or Nassau-street stairs ... and when near the foot of the stairs flames burst up through the new elevator shaft from the basement.”
“Its mass held up by hoverstruts, only a single elevator shaft touched the ground, like an enormous and glacial ballerina spinning on one toe.”
“Sometimes I’d be standing waiting for the elevators on our floor and from the elevator shaft a couple of floors below me I’d hear some song, like ‘Hey, there, Georgie Girl,’ or ‘See you in September,’ and I knew it was Guy serenading himself.”
“The elevator shaft drops away 4,600 floors beneath him, each floor marked with halogen lights, the parallel lights drawing closer in the nine miles of black air beneath him until they merged in a blur below.”
“Kurtz had no night-vision goggles, but his eyes had long since adapted to the tiny bit of cloud-reflected city light filtering down through holes in the ceiling and down the elevator shaft itself.”
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