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air shaft

Mining. a ventilating shaft.
Origin of air shaft
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The first grayness of dawn filtered through the air-shaft window of the kitchen.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • Mr Trotman went down the air-shaft communicating with the other boilers.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • The kitchen opened on an air-shaft, and it was used, not only as a kitchen, but as a dining room and living-room.

    Making Both Ends Meet Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • They live in lodgings and make acquaintance across the air-shaft.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • The flame had come through the top of the air-shaft, and had disabled the ventilating fans.

  • You remember that I told you there was an air-shaft in the middle of the caisson?

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • There didn't even appear to be a window, though he afterward discovered one opening into an air-shaft.

    The Witness Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  • Inside the big cylinder was a second smaller one, like an air-shaft, five feet in diameter.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • In such cases a second well is dug to the right or left, as an air-shaft, which draws off these noxious vapours.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • A large four-inch pipe led up the air-shaft and over the sea.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for air-shaft

air shaft

a shaft for ventilation, esp in a mine or tunnel
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