from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of shaft.
  • adj. fitted with a shaft
  • adj. Having a shaft and head of different tinctures.
  • adj. screwed (in all senses); ripped off

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Furnished with a shaft, or with shafts.
  • adj. Having a shaft; -- applied to a spear when the head and the shaft are of different tinctures.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a shaft or shafts.
  • In ornithology, having the shafts (of feathers) of a specified character: used in composition: as, after shafted, red-shafted, yellow shafted.


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