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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.

air shaft, air well

A ventilating shaft; a roofless enclosed area within a building or between buildings; may have openings such as windows.
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The general stared fixedly at the airshaft, his curious soliloquy
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.
The suggestion has been made that virus-laden aerosols were forced from the sewage system by negative pressure of an exhaust fan in an airshaft into the dried U trap of the toilet in the bathroom of the index patient (3).
in the apartment across the airshaft who comes home from work and strips
Tizol's name also appears in a related drawing by Basquiat titled Harlem Airshaft (1985) that depicts the Ellington band members; "Harlem Airshaft," is also the title of an Ellington composition.
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.
More than 300 fiber-optic strands were pulled through 47 floors of an open airshaft.
Construction of an airshaft to serve a new mining area;
A room-service meal of lamb chops and peas dropped summarily by her father down an airshaft after she remarks innocently about the absence of milk.
It is a long way from here to the Malabar Caves, a long way from the glow and order with which Fanny irradiates her "East," to the squalid suicide room in Manhattan, to Richard's airshaft in The Hours.
The interiors are a warren of split-levels and half landings leading off the main stairwell, which acts as an airshaft.
The space was carved out of an airshaft with a brick wall and fire escapes and emergency exits hung from it.