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shaft

Pronunciation: /ʃæft; ʃɑːft/

Translation of shaft in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 1.1 (of arrow, spear) asta (feminine)‡ , astil (masculine); (of feather) cañón (masculine); (of hammer, ax) mango (masculine); (of cart) vara (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • The shaft of long handled tools should be a light wood, such as ash, and should be unpainted and free of knots.
    • Maintaining a good posture, rotate the upper body to the right so that the shaft of the club is in front of you.
    • Move down the shaft of each section of hair and continue tying knots from the root of your hair to about 2 inches from the ends.
    1.2 [literary/literario] (arrow) saeta (feminine) [literary/literario]; (spear) venablo (masculine) [literary/literario] a shaft of wit una agudeza his shafts of sarcasm sus salidas sarcásticas
    Example sentences
    • Her heart soared with the swift flash of the shaft as it flew from the bow.
    1.3 (of light) rayo (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • In an annual commemorative ritual tied to sun and sky, a shaft of light will illuminate the void between the time of the first and second attacks.
    • Illuminated by a shaft of light from the ceiling, the altar glowed with brimming power, standing immaculate in the centre of the hall.
    • She departed the command center and stepped into a shaft of white light in the atrium outside.
  • 2 [Mech] eje (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The water wheel axle shaft still turned and made a squeaky noise but Don could hear the footsteps of someone on the floor above him.
    • The gearbox gets over both problems by being two half-gearboxes in one case, with two clutches and two transmission shafts, one inside the other.
    • As far as that goes I am willing to believe what I am told: that escalators are big, complicated machines packed into tight shafts and there aren't many hours when you can work on them.
  • 3 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [vulgar] to give sb the shaft joder a algn [vulgar] he got the shaft lo jodieron [vulgar] (he was fired) lo echaron, le dieron la patada [colloquial/familiar]

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

(American English/inglés norteamericano) [vulgar]
  • 1.1 (betray) [person] joder [vulgar] I knew I'd shafted myself me di cuenta de que había metido la pata [colloquial/familiar] or [vulgar] de que la había cagado 1.2 (fire) echar, darle* la patada a [slang/argot]

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