What does ghost mean?

Definitions for ghost
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ghost.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre(noun)

    a mental representation of some haunting experience

    "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"

  2. ghostwriter, ghost(noun)

    a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

  3. ghost(noun)

    the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

  4. touch, trace, ghost(verb)

    a suggestion of some quality

    "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"

  5. ghost(verb)

    move like a ghost

    "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"

  6. haunt, obsess, ghost(verb)

    haunt like a ghost; pursue

    "Fear of illness haunts her"

  7. ghost, ghostwrite(verb)

    write for someone else

    "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"

Wiktionary

  1. ghost(Noun)

    The spirit; the soul of man.

    Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. uE000102364uE001 Spenser

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  2. ghost(Noun)

    The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  3. ghost(Noun)

    Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  4. ghost(Noun)

    A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  5. ghost(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  6. ghost(Noun)

    A ghostwriter.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  7. ghost(Noun)

    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)

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  8. ghost(Noun)

    An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  9. ghost(Noun)

    an image of a file or hard disk.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  10. ghost(Verb)

    To haunt.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  11. ghost(Verb)

    To ghostwrite.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  12. ghost(Verb)

    to copy a file or hard drive image.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  13. ghost(Noun)

    An understudy.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

  14. ghost(Noun)

    A covert (and deniable) agent.

    Etymology: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghost(noun)

    the spirit; the soul of man

    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.]

  2. Ghost(noun)

    the disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter

    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.]

  3. Ghost(noun)

    any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea

    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.]

  4. Ghost(noun)

    a false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses

    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.]

  5. Ghost(verb)

    to die; to expire

    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.]

  6. Ghost(verb)

    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.]

Freebase

  1. Ghost

    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

  1. Ghost

    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

  1. ghost

    A false image in the lens of an instrument.

Rap Dictionary

  1. ghost(adjective)

    Out of here: "I'm ghost".

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Ghost

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ghost' in Nouns Frequency: #1824

Anagrams for ghost »

  1. goths, Goths

  2. Goths

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghost in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ghost in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    On the Night of the Halloween, I have never seen any evil apparition or fearsome ghost, but politicians on TV! They are the real goblins and specters!

  2. Erika Enriquez:

    If they go, we're going to become a ghost town, the bit of income that we have from them helps, but without it, only God knows.

  3. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    Jesus did not come back from the grave as a ghost. Nor was it a simple resuscitation of a corpse. Jesus reversed death.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. The universal mind The universal mind is a great constellation of thoughts of a single mind, thoughts and ideas of the living and the dead, all worlds and dimensions. 2. Chemistry of thinking Picturesque images of the chemistry of thinking in art sometimes use exotic elements from distant corners of the subconscious. 3. Horror smile A cunning smile of awareness and a psychic laugh. Horror smile in the soul of loneliness. We are particles of the cult era of laughter in the cult of cruel humor of reality. We are in the great psychological, comical game of society. 4. The first hundred years of life, the body and spirit perceive everything as an immature illusion, where closer to the end of the century all dreams melt and disappear, but if a person lives longer, he feels how life turns into reality with which it becomes one whole, like a ghost. 5. The plasma ball of thoughts is a thought process, the heart of life is plasma lightning - this is the fire of the universe - this is a disco of feelings that responds to understanding. 6. Time is a pawnshop of nostalgia and spiritual values. 7. In nature, instincts are a cycle associated with universal mechanisms. In the world of people, instincts directed against each other are selfish deception egoism, all this gives rise to vices and inner flaws, all this creates an internal chaos of dirty, sinful thoughts of hypocritical egoism. 8. Communication is a space probe for the inner worlds. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Zeid Raad al-Hussein:

    The notion of ghost ships drifting on autopilot toward the coasts of Europe in the hopes that coast guards will rescue the people on board and the hideous sight of men and women tearing their flesh on barbed-wire fences in a desperate, and sometimes lethal, attempt to clamber into Europe and find a better, more peaceful life: Such scenes are simply intolerable.

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Translations for ghost

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  • روح, خيال, طيف, شبح, شَبَح, زولArabic
  • зданьBelarusian
  • duchCzech
  • genfærd, draug, sjæl, spøgelse, genganger, gespenst, åndDanish
  • Erscheinung, Schatten, Geist, Phantom, Spuk, GespenstGerman
  • φάντασμα, σκιάGreek
  • fantomoEsperanto
  • espíritu, aparecido, sombra, alma, fantasma, espectro, apariciónSpanish
  • شبحPersian
  • haamu, aave, haamukuva, henki, sielu, kangastus, kummitusFinnish
  • andi, spøkilsi, dreygurFaroese
  • fantôme, revenant, spectre, esprit, apparition, fantasmeFrench
  • spoekWestern Frisian
  • taibhseIrish
  • scaanjoon, scaa, scaanManx
  • רוח רפאיםHebrew
  • भूतHindi
  • szellemHungarian
  • ուրվական, հոգիArmenian
  • hantu, polong, roh, dedemitan, momokIndonesian
  • lemure, fantasma, spettro, apparizione, ombra, simulacro, fantasima, spirito, larva, animaItalian
  • רוּחַHebrew
  • 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
  • ខ្មោចKhmer
  • ಪ್ರೇತKannada
  • 유령Korean
  • sanctusLatin
  • hantuMalay
  • gespens, geest, spook, verschijning, schim, spooksel, fantoomDutch
  • spøkelseNorwegian
  • chʼį́įdiiNavajo, Navaho
  • duchPolish
  • aventesma, avejão, simulacro, fantasma, sombra, alma, espírito, abantesma, abentesma, lêmure, larva, aparição, assombração, espectro, avantesmaPortuguese
  • spiert, spértRomansh
  • fantomăRomanian
  • фанто́м, привиде́ние, при́зрак, призракRussian
  • fantazmë, lugat, gogolAlbanian
  • spSwedish
  • பேய்Tamil
  • దెయ్యంTelugu
  • ผีThai
  • hayaletTurkish
  • прима́ра, ма́рево, ма́ра, приви́д, фанто́м, привидUkrainian
  • گھوسٹUrdu
  • maVietnamese
  • גייַסטYiddish
  • Chinese

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