- An inclined or vertical shaft or passage between levels in a mine.
- In <em>mining</em>, a vertical or inclined excavation which is like a shaft except that it does not rise to the surface.
- A curse or imprecation.
- A corrupt form of <internalXref urlencoded="winch">winch</internalXref>.
- A small shaft sunk from one level to another, as for the purpose of ventilation.
- A <xref>steep</xref> <xref>shaft</xref> in a <xref>mine</xref> which joins two levels.