mine'shaft noun
A well-like excavation or passage into a mine
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  • shaft — 01. A cable snapped, and the elevator plunged down the [shaft], killing three people who were trapped inside. 02. The hikers found an old mine [shaft] and decided to explore it. 03. The boat had a bunch of weeds caught around the propeller… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • shaft house — noun : a structure erected at the top of a shaft to house hoisting machinery * * * a structure housing machinery and other equipment at the top of a mine shaft. [1870 75] * * * shaft house, a heavy framework at the top of a mine shaft, to support …   Useful english dictionary

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  • shaft — n 1. pole, rod, stick; long handle, helve; bar, beam; staff, flagpole, flagstaff; post, pillar, column, upright, support, stanchion. 2. barb, cutting remark, cut, gibe, sarcastic remark; verbal blow, Inf. slam, Inf. put down, Inf. knock, slap or… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • shaft house — a structure housing machinery and other equipment at the top of a mine shaft. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • Mine closure — is the period of time when the ore extracting activities of a mine have ceased, and final decommissioning and mine reclamation are being completed. It is generally associated with reduced employment levels, which can have a significant negative… …   Wikipedia

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