from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system of shafts, as in a mechanical device, for transmitting motion or power.
  • n. Material from which shafts are made.
  • n. Slang An instance of harsh or unfair treatment: got a shafting when they bought that house.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of shaft.
  • n. shafts collectively; a system of connected shafts for communicating motion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Shafts, collectivelly; a system of connected shafts for communicating motion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mach; the system of shafts which connects machinery with the prime mover, and through which motion is communicated to the former by the latter. See shaft, 4 .
  • n. A darkening of the shaft, or quill of a feather, as in some breeds of poultry.


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