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Shaft may refer to:

Rotating machine elements[edit]

Vertical narrow passages[edit]

  • Elevator shaft, a vertical passage housing a lift or elevator
  • Ventilation shaft, a vertical passage used in mines and tunnels to move fresh air underground, and to remove stale air
  • Shaft (civil engineering), an underground vertical or inclined passageway
  • Pitch (ascent/descent), a significant underground vertical space in caving terminology
  • Shaft mining, the method of excavating a vertical or near-vertical tunnel from the top down, where there is initially no access to the bottom
  • Shafting, illicit travelling through shafts

Long narrow rigid bodies[edit]

  • The body of a column, or the column itself
  • Handle (grip) of hand-tools
  • Shaft (golf), the long, tapered tube which connects the golfer’s hands to the club head
  • Staff, various applications