Pronunciation: (shaf'ting, shäf'-), [key]
1. a number of shafts.
2. Mach.a system of shafts, as the overhead shafts formerly used for driving the machinery of a mill.
3. steel bar stock used for shafts.
4. Archit.a system of shafts, as those around a pier or in the reveals of an archway.
5. Slang.an instance of unique or unfair treatment: The owners gave him a real shafting on the deal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.