ETYM Old Eng. shaft, schaft, as. sceaft.
1. A line that forms the length of an arrow pointer.
2. A long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow).
3. A vertical passage into a mine.
4. A vertical passageway through a building (as for an elevator).
5. The vertical part of a column.
ETYM Old Eng. shanke, schanke, schonke, as. scanca, sceanca, sconca, sceonca; akin to Dutch schonk a bone, German schenkel thigh, shank, schinken ham, Old High Germ. scincha shank, Dan. and Swed. skank. Related to Skink.
1. The part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle.
2. The long narrow part of something; SYN. stem.
3. The part of a bolt between the thread and the head.
4. The part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole; SYN. waist.
5. The round part of the bit by which it is held in the drill.
6. A cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg.