Synonyms of 'shaft'
1 tunnelDictionary, hole, passage
old mine shafts
two new railway tunnels through the Alps
He took a shovel, dug a hole, and buried his possessions.
The toilets are up the stairs and along the passage to your right.
a rabbit's burrow
an underground passageway that connects the two buildings
Oil spilled into the channel following a collision between a tanker and a trawler.
2 handleDictionary, staff, pole
a drive shaft
3 rayDictionary, beam, gleam
A brilliant shaft of sunlight burst through the doorway.
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A barb is an unkind remark meant as a criticism of someone or something.
The barb stung her exactly the way he hoped it would.
A baton is a short heavy stick which is sometimes used as a weapon by the police.
I could see a baton being used vigorously.
Thesaurus for shaft from the Collins English Thesaurus
A shaft is a long vertical passage, for example for a lift.