Definitions for SHADOWˈʃæd oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shad•owˈʃæd oʊ(n.)

  1. a dark figure or image cast on the ground or other surface by a body intercepting light.

  2. shade or comparative darkness.

  3. shadows, darkness, esp. that coming after sunset.

  4. shelter or protection.

  5. a slight suggestion; trace:

    beyond the shadow of a doubt.

  6. a specter or ghost.

  7. a hint or intimation.

  8. a mere semblance:

    the shadow of power.

  9. a reflected image.

  10. (in painting, drawing, graphics, etc.) the dark part of a picture, esp. as representing the absence of illumination.

    Category: Fine Arts

  11. a period or instance of gloom, unhappiness, or the like.

  12. a dominant or pervasive threat:

    the shadow of war.

  13. an inseparable companion.

  14. a spy or detective.

  15. (v.t.)to cover with shadow.

  16. to cast a gloom over; cloud.

  17. to screen or protect, as from light.

  18. to follow the movements of secretly.

  19. to represent faintly, prophetically, etc. (often fol. by forth).

  20. Archaic. to shelter or protect.

  21. Archaic. to shade in painting, drawing, etc.

  22. (adj.)of or pertaining to a shadow cabinet.

    Category: Government

  23. without official authority:

    a shadow government.

    Category: Government

Origin of shadow:

bef. 900; (n.) ME sch(e)adew(e), schadow, shadw(e), OE scead(u)we, obl. case of sceadushade ; (v.) ME; OE sceadwian to protect, overshadow


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shadow(noun)

    shade within clear boundaries

  2. darkness, dark, shadow(noun)

    an unilluminated area

    "he moved off into the darkness"

  3. apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, shadow(noun)

    something existing in perception only

    "a ghostly apparition at midnight"

  4. shadow(noun)

    a premonition of something adverse

    "a shadow over his happiness"

  5. trace, vestige, tincture, shadow(noun)

    an indication that something has been present

    "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension"

  6. shadow(noun)

    refuge from danger or observation

    "he felt secure in his father's shadow"

  7. shadow(noun)

    a dominating and pervasive presence

    "he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"

  8. tail, shadow, shadower(noun)

    a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

  9. shadow(verb)

    an inseparable companion

    "the poor child was his mother's shadow"

  10. shadow(verb)

    follow, usually without the person's knowledge

    "The police are shadowing her"

  11. shadow, shade, shade off(verb)

    cast a shadow over

  12. shadow, overshadow, dwarf(verb)

    make appear small by comparison

    "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shadow(noun)ˈʃæd oʊ

    a dark area produced when light is behind an object

    a cat chasing its shadow; They hid in the shadows of the alley.

  2. shadowˈʃæd oʊ

    with complete certainty

    The evidence proves her guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt.

  3. shadowˈʃæd oʊ

    strongly influenced or limited by

    a child growing up in the shadow of racism; always in his older brother's shadow


  1. shadow(Noun)

    A dark image projected onto a surface where light is blocked by the shade of an object.

    My shadow lengthened as the sun began to set.

  2. shadow(Noun)

    Relative darkness, especially as caused by the interruption of light; gloom, obscurity.

    I immediately jumped into shadow as I saw them approach.

  3. shadow(Noun)

    That which looms as though a shadow.

  4. shadow(Noun)

    Merely a hint of substance.

  5. shadow(Noun)

    One who secretly or furtively follows another.

    The constable was promoted to working as a shadow for the Royals.

  6. shadow(Noun)

    A type of lettering form of word processors that makes a cubic effect.

  7. shadow(Noun)

    An influence, especially a pervasive or a negative one.

  8. shadow(Verb)

    To block light or radio transmission.

    Looks like that cloud's going to shadow us.

  9. shadow(Verb)

    To secretly or discreetly track or follow another, to keep under surveillance.

  10. shadow(Verb)

    To make an identifier, usually a variable, inaccessible by declaring another of the same name within the scope of the first.

  11. Origin: sceaduwe, inflected form of sceadu ( > English shade).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shadow(noun)

    shade within defined limits; obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a surface, and representing the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light; as, the shadow of a man, of a tree, or of a tower. See the Note under Shade, n., 1

  2. Shadow(noun)

    darkness; shade; obscurity

  3. Shadow(noun)

    a shaded place; shelter; protection; security

  4. Shadow(noun)

    a reflected image, as in a mirror or in water

  5. Shadow(noun)

    that which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower

  6. Shadow(noun)

    a spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom

  7. Shadow(noun)

    an imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type

  8. Shadow(noun)

    a small degree; a shade

  9. Shadow(noun)

    an uninvited guest coming with one who is invited

  10. Shadow(noun)

    to cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity

  11. Shadow(noun)

    to conceal; to hide; to screen

  12. Shadow(noun)

    to protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud

  13. Shadow(noun)

    to mark with gradations of light or color; to shade

  14. Shadow(noun)

    to represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically

  15. Shadow(noun)

    to cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over

  16. Shadow(noun)

    to attend as closely as a shadow; to follow and watch closely, especially in a secret or unobserved manner; as, a detective shadows a criminal


  1. Shadow

    A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or reverse projection of the object blocking the light. The sun causes many objects to have shadows and at certain times of the day, when the sun is at certain heights, the lengths of shadows change. An astronomical object casts human-visible shadows when its apparent magnitude is equal or lower than −4. Currently the only astronomical objects able to produce visible shadows on Earth are the sun, the moon and, in the right conditions, Venus or Jupiter.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHADOW' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3274

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHADOW' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4458

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHADOW' in Nouns Frequency: #1009

Translations for SHADOW

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a patch of) shade on the ground etc caused by an object blocking the light

We are in the shadow of that building.

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