Lay shaft


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lay shaft (Mach) A secondary shaft, as in a sliding change gear for an automobile; a cam shaft operated by a two-to-one gear in an internal-combustion engine. It is generally a shaft moving more or less independently of the other parts of a machine, as, in some marine engines, a shaft, driven by a small auxiliary engine, for independently operating the valves of the main engine to insure uniform motion.
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In literature:

A shaft of golden light lay full upon Eloise's face.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
For each shaft that sped, Launched from her maiden hand, a Phrygian foe lay dead.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
One of the cages lay at the top so the other must have been at the bottom of the shaft.
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
He thinks that a shorter Shaft and more of a Lay-Back will enable him to drive a Mile.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Maggot led the way, and he walked straight to the old shaft where his hopeful son lay.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
Bits of broken timbering lay at the foot of the shaft.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Here lay his stubborn bow, and quiver fill'd With num'rous shafts, a fatal store.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
Taurus Antinor's eyes were narrowed beneath his frowning brows as he tried to pierce the gloom that lay beyond that shaft of light.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Across the gloom of the cell lay a shaft of golden fire.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
The Colonel still lay with the pale shaft of afternoon light on his unconscious face.
"The Wishing Moon" by Louise Elizabeth Dutton
Blackbirds sing a full lay If there be a slender shaft of day.
"Ancient Irish Poetry" by Various
Blue-tinged, mouth agape and eyes upturned without sight, there lay a priest, half over the lip of the shaft.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
A shaft of sunlight lay along the lawn.
"Through the Postern Gate" by Florence L. Barclay
Peace lay at last like a golden shaft across all the land.
"Victory out of Ruin" by Norman Maclean
The shaft was left unworked, and the holding lay fallow.
"The Blind Mother and The Last Confession" by Hall Caine
The Yezidee fell as though he had been pierced by a shaft of steel, and lay sprawling there on the grass in the ghastly glare.
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers
He lay, partly stunned for a moment, and blinking at the strong light into which he had come from the darkness of the shaft.
"Fenn Masterson's Discovery" by Allen Chapman
Lay them flat over the taped shaft-one on each side of the shaft.
"Electricity for the 4-H Scientist" by Eric B. Wilson
And where the joint lay at which to aim the keen shafts of her wit?
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman
On March 2, 1825, the ceremony of laying the first stone of the shaft was performed.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel

In poetry:

To stop the shafts of light. Upon his lips
There lay
The tremulous feelings, as when sunshine dips
Within the stream that smiles and slips away.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
On the unfrosted pool the pillared pines
Lay their long shafts of shadow: the small rill,
Singing a pleasant song of summer still,
A line of silver, down the hill-slope shines.
"A Day" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A moment, and she lay reclined
Her silken head upon my knees
Then, lo, a far-off sobbing wind,
Swept from across the forest trees
And swift the vision fled away
Shamed by the golden shafts of day.
"A Dream One Night" by R S Ward

In news:

The movies are full of bed-hopping men—think of Humphrey Bogart's serial flirtations in The Big Sleep (1946) and Richard Roundtree laying his way uptown and down in Shaft (1971).
Hand Lay-Up of Medical Guide Catheter Shafts Eliminated.