What is a shaft?

Elena Melnichenko
Elena Melnichenko
February 19, 2015
What is a shaft?

The concept of "shaft" is very densely in our everyday life, and many people use it. But sometimes it happens that, having heard this word, it is difficult to understand in what meaning it is used.

Below we will understand what a shaft is and what meanings this word has.

Meaning of the word

To determine the meaning of any word, you can use the explanatory dictionary:

  • Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language V. Dahl;
  • Dictionary of the Russian language, ed. D. N. Ushakova;
  • Modern Dictionary of the Russian language, ed. T. F. Efremova;
  • The explanatory dictionary of the Russian language S. I. Ozhegova.

In accordance with these dictionaries, the shaft is a common mound of earth in the form of a bed. Such earthen mounds are made in order to protect and fortify places from enemies or from large amounts of water, for example, during river flooding or flooding. An embankment of this type is also made for the erection of a fence.

The Ushakov Explanatory Dictionary explains the concept of "shaft" as "a very long embankment of the earth." To such a definition can be attributed the concept of "ramparts".A very high wave can also be called a shaft: the ninth shaft. In the old days it was said that the ramparts pose a great danger to seafarers, since strong and stormy waves can sink a ship.

In military affairs, there is a concept - a tactical device, which consists in creating a powerful fire curtain with artillery weapons and shelling the enemy in front of the front of his troops.

In addition, the shaft - it is also a barrier in the path of the enemy, which is built from combustible materials. What give shafts of this nature? They are built on the path of the enemy, and therefore hinder its passage further.

In the explanatory dictionary of Ushakov, the word "shaft" is also referred to as a cylinder made of wood or metal, which is used in various mechanisms. Such a shaft rotates around its axis and transmits movement to other parts of the mechanism.