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air shaft

[′er ‚shaft]
(building construction)
An open space surrounded by the walls of a building or buildings to provide ventilation for windows. Also known as air well.
(mining engineering)
A usually vertical earth bore or shaft to supply surface air to an underground facility such as a mine.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

air shaft, air well

A ventilating shaft; a roofless enclosed area within a building or between buildings; may have openings such as windows.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The general stared fixedly at the airshaft, his curious soliloquy
This last, which looked out onto an airshaft, served as Alfred's study; he also slept there on a folding iron bed.
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A small room tucked away on the third floor, it is blandly furnished and faces an airshaft. The most unusual thing about the room is Victor's desk--there's nothing on it.
When Speer claims to have planned to kill Hitler by releasing gas through an airshaft on the roof of his bunker, only to have been thwarted by a 12-foot chimney placed over the shaft on Hitler's orders, an engineer standing on the roof of that same bunker refutes him by showing the absence of such a structure and explaining why no airshaft would have been placed there in any case.
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in the apartment across the airshaft who comes home from work and strips
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Thus the nude body of a woman is defined as "a full-blown peony" in the story "A Late-Summer Stranger to Herself." In "Rites of Non-Requital" the female protagonist, who fancies younger men of a lower social status than herself, finds herself"kneeling with condescension to luminous skin or butterfly eyelashes, for spans of requited ecstasy that lasted as long as she could stay on her knees." And to drive home a feeling of hopeless frustration, Molinaro crafted the disturbing but visually fascinating image of a pigeon trapped in an airshaft between an apartment house (hers) and a church in Manhattan in the story "Pigeon in a Pit."
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* Construction of an airshaft to serve a new mining area;
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