from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any shaft working at the end of the series farthest from the head, or from the end, where the power is primarily applied.
  • n. In marine practice, the last or sternmost length of the propeller-shaft, or the portion which projects aft through the hull and to which the propeller is fastened.


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  • Ony rollin''s better than pitchin 'wi' superfeecial cracks in the tail-shaft.

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  • Lord, how they twa cursed the Board, an 'the Grotkau, an' the tail-shaft, an 'the engines, an' a '!

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  • Moreover, twa three o 'the Grotkau's crew were burnin' to testify about food, an 'there was a note o' Calder to the Board, in regard to the tail-shaft, that would ha 'been vara damagin' if it had come into court.

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  • With the snapping of her tail-shaft her life seemed suddenly to depart from her big body, and from a stubborn, arrogant existence she passed all at once into the passive state of a drifting log.

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  • The result was everything that could have been desired, for as soon as the Spaniard realised that he was running ahead of the yacht in the most unaccountable way, he stopped his engines and waited patiently for the other vessel to overtake him, his propeller doubtless slipping off the tail-shaft and going to the bottom at the instant of the stopping of the engines.

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  • What is the principle of tail-shaft tachometer having two proximity switch that sense the speed rpm?

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  • "'She'll win to Rio yet, tail-shaft or no tail-shaft,' says Bell.

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  • "'No more than a tail-shaft rotten as a kail-stump.

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