the long handle of a spear or similar weapon. SPEAR, LANCE. POLE. an arrow especially for a longbow. the body or stem of an arrow extending from the nock to the head. a sharply delineated beam of light shining through an opening. something suggestive of the shaft of a spear or arrow especially in long slender cylindrical form: such as the trunk of a tree - the cylindrical pillar between the capital and the base - the handle of a tool or instrument (such as a golf club) - a commonly cylindrical bar used to support rotating pieces or to transmit power or motion by rotation - the stem or central axis of a feather - the upright member of a cross especially below the arms - the cylindrical part of a long bone between the enlarged ends - a small architectural column (as at each side of a doorway) - a column, obelisk, or other spire-shaped or columnar monument - a vertical or inclined opening of uniform and limited cross section made for finding or mining ore, raising water, or ventilating underground workings (as in a cave) - the part of a hair that is visible above the surface of the skin - a vertical opening or passage through the floors of a building. a projectile thrown like a spear or shot like an arrow. a scornful, satirical, or pithily critical remark or attack. harsh or unfair treatment —usually used with the. to fit with a shaft. to treat unfairly or harshly.