propeller shaft

a shaft that transmits power from an engine to a propeller.
a drive shaft.

1830–40 Unabridged
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propeller shaft
the shaft that transmits power from the gearbox to the differential gear in a motor vehicle or from the engine to the propeller in a ship or aircraft

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Example sentences
They will also search for the location of ship machinery such as propeller shaft and steering controls.
Special care is required for towing because the towline can get tangled around the propeller shaft of the towboat.
Her engine was situated aft, rather than amidships, consistent with the relatively short propeller shaft recorded at the site.
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