Definitions

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  • noun architecture A vertical opening running from a courtyard to the sky, thus allowing air to circulate to high-rise apartments or offices
  • noun manufacturing A device used for handling winding reels in the processing of web-fed materials, such as in continuous-process printing presses

Etymologies

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air +‎ shaft

Examples

  • "Can't Hardly Wait" (including the oft-bootlegged 'airshaft' version), a raucous demo of "

    Aquarium Drunkard: Music Blog

  • Under their weight, the whole fire escape collapsed, sending about two dozen people plunging to their death at the bottom of the smoky airshaft.

    Uprising

  • Before the improvements, before they tore down the shacks in front and installed the toilets and the running water and the airshaft.

    Deadly

  • Living along an airshaft that allows the apartment to satisfy light and air requirements can be a good thing, as airshafts can make lovely, quiet neighbors.

    Teri Karush Rogers: The 7 Worst Places to Live in an Apartment Building

  • In the morning the sky is windswept blue, and the apartment across the airshaft is still silent and, apparently, vacant.

    Here Comes Another Lesson

  • The professor of atheism is being confronted with a moral challenge: Through the soot-shaded window across the airshaft he sees a woman holding a frying pan over her head and a man holding a butcher knife.

    Here Comes Another Lesson

  • The one with soot-shaded windows that shares his airshaft.

    Here Comes Another Lesson

  • Lehmann, who also specializes in health informatics—the science of extracting and manipulating data from computerized medical records—was sitting in one of the tiny offices where academic medicine seems to stash its most innovative researchers, a ten-foot by twelve-foot room at Hopkins that gets almost as much light from computer screens as it does from its airshaft window.

    SUPERBUG

  • I could look out into the airshaft and think about my tenement-dwelling forebears.

    When New York Apartments Stop Being Polite and Start Being Real

  • It isn't likely the birds will find their way to the feeder because we look out onto an airshaft but I put it there, just in case.

    Odds Are

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