from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The shaft which carries and drives a screw-propeller; a propeller-shaft.


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  • If she were to float, even if we patched every breach and managed somehow to repair the problem with the screw-shaft well leaking, she would have no internal bracing against the ice.

    The Terror Simmons, Dan 2007

  • Its frame is inclined perpendicularly to the direction of the screw-shaft, the extremity of which is supported near the screw by a strengthened cross-stay serving as a pillow-block.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 299, September 24, 1881 Various

  • There was nothing that man could do: until such time as the natural drainage of the plain and the parched substratum absorbed the superfluous moisture, the brigade was as helpless as a steamer with a broken screw-shaft.

    On the Heels of De Wet Lionel James 1913

  • All the bearings that supported the fifty feet of screw-shaft as it ran to the stern whispered: "Justice -- give us justice."

    The Day's Work - Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • Down the screw-shaft ran murmurs and warnings, while a heart-diseased flutter without told that the propeller needed re-keying.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • "I didn't fly off the handle," said the screw, twirling huskily at the end of the screw-shaft.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • a bill for small repairs in the engine-room almost as long as the screw-shaft; the forward cargo-hatch fell into bucket-staves when they raised the iron cross-bars; and the steam-capstan had been badly wrenched on its bed.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • "I reckon it's nary half so dangerous as sailin 'back'ards an' for'ards across the herrin 'pond 'twixt Noo Yark an' your old Eu-rope in one o 'them ocean steamers, thet are thought so safe, whar you run the risk o' bustin 'yer biler an' gettin 'blown up, or else smashin' yer screw-shaft an 'goin' down to Davy Jones 'locker!

    Fritz and Eric The Brother Crusoes


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