drive shaft

noun Machinery.
a shaft for imparting torque from a power source or prime mover to machinery.

Origin:
1890–95

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drive shaft
 
n
another name for propeller shaft

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Example sentences
Maybe they sense he has the same connection to humanity that a drive shaft has
  to bouillabaisse.
But having electric motors at the wheels instead of a drive shaft is much
  better idea.
The protector is attached to the top of the pump to seal the motor and allow a
  drive shaft in the center to drive the pump.
The manner in which mechanical power is directly transmitted from the drive
  shaft to the wheels.
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