main shaft

noun Machinery.
the principal shaft of a motor, transmission, etc. (distinguished from jackshaft ). Unabridged
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Energy created by the water's movement was transferred to a main shaft that ran
  up through the building.
The rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins a generator to create
The test turbine is rigidly fixed to a foundation and coupled through its low
  speed main shaft to the dynamometer.
Loads are measured on the blade root, main shaft and tower.
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