Definitions for ghost
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ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectrenoun
a mental representation of some haunting experience
"he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
touch, trace, ghostverb
a suggestion of some quality
"there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
move like a ghost
"The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"
haunt, obsess, ghostverb
haunt like a ghost; pursue
"Fear of illness haunts her"
write for someone else
"How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"
The spirit; the soul of man.
Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. uE000102364uE001 Spenser
The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.
Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.
A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.
A nature spirit, ancestor or house spirit (see brownie ) revered in Heathenry.
Before all else, we speak to the land to the ghosts and spirits of this place known to many as pixies, fairies, brownies, or elfs. (Math Jones)
An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.
an image of a file or hard disk.
to copy a file or hard drive image.
A covert (and deniable) agent.
Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: gast, Saxon.
Vex not his ghost: O, let him pass! He hates him,
That would upon the rack of this rough world
Stretch him out longer. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Often did I strive
To yield the ghost; but still the envious flood
Kept in my soul. William Shakespeare, R. III.
Man, when once cut down, when his pale ghost
Fleets into air, is for ever lost. George Sandys, Paraphrase.
The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose,
And armed Edwards look’d with anxious eyes,
To see this fleet among unequal foes,
By which fate promis’d them their Charles should rise. Dryd.
Their shadows seem
A canopy most fatal, under which
Our army lies ready to give up the ghost. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.
To haunt with apparitions of departed men. Obsolete.
Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
There saw you labouring for him. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopat.
To yield up the ghost; to die. Not in use.
Etymology: from the noun.
Euryalus taking leave of Lucretia, precipitated her into such a love-fit, that within a few hours she ghosted; which course Euryalus was like to have steered, upon the news. Philip Sidney.
A ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that is believed to be able to appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely, from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes to realistic, lifelike forms. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance. Other terms associated with it are apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter, spirit, spook, wraith, demon, and ghoul. The belief in the existence of an afterlife, as well as manifestations of the spirits of the dead, is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to rest the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary, human-like essences, though stories of ghostly armies and the ghosts of animals rather than humans have also been recounted. They are believed to haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life. According to a 2009 study by the Pew Research Center, 18% of Americans say they have seen a ghost.The overwhelming consensus of science is that there is no proof that ghosts exist. Their existence is impossible to falsify, and ghost hunting has been classified as pseudoscience. Despite centuries of investigation, there is no scientific evidence that any location is inhabited by the spirits of the dead. Historically, certain toxic and psychoactive plants (such as datura and hyoscyamus niger), whose use has long been associated with necromancy and the underworld, have been shown to contain anticholinergic compounds that are pharmacologically linked to dementia (specifically DLB) as well as histological patterns of neurodegeneration. Recent research has indicated that ghost sightings may be related to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Common prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs (such as sleep aids) may also, in rare instances, cause ghost-like hallucinations, particularly zolpidem and diphenhydramine. Older reports linked carbon monoxide poisoning to ghost-like hallucinations.In folklore studies, ghosts fall within the motif index designation E200–E599 ("Ghosts and other revenants").
A ghost is commonly believed to be the lingering spirit or soul of a deceased person that can manifest in a supernatural form, often appearing as a translucent entity or an invisible presence. Ghosts are often associated with haunting or paranormal activity, such as unexplained noises, objects moving, or eerie sightings. They are typically perceived as being intangible and existing in a different realm than the living, and are often linked to unresolved emotions, unfinished business, or a connection to a specific location.
the spirit; the soul of man
the disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter
any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea
a false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses
to die; to expire
to appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition
Etymology: [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. gst breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. gst spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.]
In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance. The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to rest the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gōst, n. the soul of man: a spirit appearing after death: (Shak.) a dead body: (slang) one who writes a statesman's speeches for him, &c.—v.i. to appear to.—adj. Ghost′-like.—n. Ghost′liness.—adj. Ghost′ly, spiritual, religious: pertaining to apparitions.—ns. Ghost′-moth, a species of moth very common in Britain, its caterpillar destructive to hop-gardens; Ghost′-stō′ry, a story in which ghosts figure; Ghost′-word, a fictitious word that has originated in the blunder of a scribe or printer—common in dictionaries.—Give up the ghost (B.), to die.—Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the third person in the Trinity. [A.S. gást; Ger. geist.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A false image in the lens of an instrument.
Out of here: "I'm ghost".
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Etymology and Origins
One employed by an author or an artist to do his work for him, so called because, his name and personality being withheld from the public, he is kept in the shade. In other words, he is a mere shadow of his master. Originally, however, the term had reference to the friend who had inspired or suggested the work.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ghost is ranked #120901 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Ghost surname appeared 143 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ghost.
57.3% or 82 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
33.5% or 48 total occurrences were White.
5.5% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'ghost' in Nouns Frequency: #1824
The numerical value of ghost in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of ghost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
It is a sacred thing to create a face, it's like a ghost appearing in the gem as you work. The dialogue of gemstone, color and light gives it life.
Monster ghost nets are very important to get out of the ocean, but it's sometimes the small ghost nets that get wrapped around whales and dolphins and kill them, even the small pieces are very important.
I am now going to make you a gift that will stay with you the rest of your life. For the rest of your life, every time you say 'We've always done it that way,' my ghost will appear and haunt you for twenty-four hours.
Definitely we will recommend strongly that there should be some serious deep-rooted reforms in the military security establishment to fight corruption, mismanagement, but at the same time, the military has to be cleaned of all these numbers, figures of ghost soldiers and other mismanagement.
I stalk my prison like my own ghost...
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Translations for ghost
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- روح, خيال, طيف, شبح, شَبَح, زولArabic
- genfærd, draug, sjæl, spøgelse, genganger, gespenst, åndDanish
- Erscheinung, Schatten, Geist, Phantom, Spuk, GespenstGerman
- φάντασμα, σκιάGreek
- espíritu, aparecido, sombra, alma, fantasma, espectro, apariciónSpanish
- haamu, aave, haamukuva, henki, sielu, kangastus, kummitusFinnish
- andi, spøkilsi, dreygurFaroese
- fantôme, revenant, spectre, esprit, apparition, fantasmeFrench
- spoekWestern Frisian
- scaanjoon, scaa, scaanManx
- רוח רפאיםHebrew
- ուրվական, հոգիArmenian
- hantu, polong, roh, dedemitan, momokIndonesian
- lemure, fantasma, spettro, apparizione, ombra, simulacro, fantasima, spirito, larva, animaItalian
- 化け物, お化け, 怨霊, 魂魄, 妖魔, 変化, 物の怪, 死霊, 妖怪, 幽鬼, 精霊, 魂, 霊, ゴースト, 幽霊, 亡霊Japanese
- gespens, geest, spook, verschijning, schim, spooksel, fantoomDutch
- chʼį́įdiiNavajo, Navaho
- aventesma, avejão, simulacro, fantasma, sombra, alma, espírito, abantesma, abentesma, lêmure, larva, aparição, assombração, espectro, avantesmaPortuguese
- spiert, spértRomansh
- фанто́м, привиде́ние, при́зрак, призракRussian
- fantazmë, lugat, gogolAlbanian
- прима́ра, ма́рево, ма́ра, приви́д, фанто́м, привидUkrainian
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