schaft

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See also: -schaft and Schaft

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑft

Verb[edit]

schaft

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of schaffen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of schaffen
  3. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of schaften
  4. imperative of schaften

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English sċeaft (shaft), from Proto-Germanic *skaftaz.

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Noun[edit]

schaft (plural schaftes)

  1. A weapon's shaft; the body of a polearm.
  2. A spear or similar weapon based around its shaft.
  3. A missile, projectile, or the shaft of one.
  4. The handle or pole of a bladed tool or implement.
  5. A flagstaff; a pole for a flag or banner.
  6. The central support, pillar, or beam of a tree; the trunk.
  7. (rare) A tunnel or passage (e.g. a mineshaft).
  8. (rare) A kind of balance or scale.
  9. (rare) The central pillar or beam of a candleholder.
  10. (rare) A ray or pillar of light.
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Descendants[edit]
  • English: shaft
  • Scots: shaft
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English sċeaft, ġesċeaft (creation), from sċieppan; equivalent to shapen +‎ -th.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃaft/, /ʃapθ/, /ʃapt/
  • (Kent) IPA(key): /ʃɛfθ/, /ʃɛpθ/

Noun[edit]

schaft (plural schaftes or (Early ME) schaften or (Early ME) schafte)

  1. Something that has been created (by a deity)
  2. A creature or animal (especially a certain species)
  3. The form or appearance of something; how something looks.
  4. A chemical building block or component; an element.
  5. (rare) The totality of the universe (viewed as a divine creation).
  6. (rare) One's primary sexual organs.
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