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  • n. The vertical shaft in a building used to permit the movement of an elevator from floor to floor.


Old English sceaft, from Germanic *skaftaz. (Wiktionary)


  • Baldur knew exactly where he was headed as we marched from slide-way to slide-way, liftshaft to liftshaft.

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  • The lift was not working at the moment, the landing was quiet, there was not a soul on the stairway beside the liftshaft when the man flung Charlie headlong down the first flight and broke him on the unyielding stone.

    The Best British Short Stories of 1922

  • Suffice to say that it involves collapsing walls, birdsong and a hungry brown bear in a liftshaft.

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  • The liftshaft contains the only vertical lines, propped up on a curved base like a giant trumpet.

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