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ˈfæn təmphan·tom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter, spectrenoun

    a ghostly appearing figure

    "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"

  2. apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, shadowadjective

    something existing in perception only

    "a ghostly apparition at midnight"

  3. phantomadjective

    something apparently sensed but having no physical reality

    "seemed to hear faint phantom bells"; "the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb"


  1. phantomnoun

    Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition; something elusive or delusive.

  2. phantomnoun

    An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.

  3. phantomadjective


  4. phantomadjective

    fictitious or nonexistent

  5. Phantomnoun

    Nickname of the F-4B jet fighter flown by Marines in Vietnam

  6. Phantomnoun

    The comic The Phantom, and the character in it by the same name

  7. Etymology: From fantom, from fantosme, from phantasma, from φάντασμα.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Phantomnoun

    Etymology: phantome, French.

    If he cannot help believing, that such things he saw and heard, he may still have room to believe that, what this airy phantom said is not absolutely to be relied on. Francis Atterbury.

    A constant vapour o’er the palace flies;
    Strange phantoms rising as the mists arise;
    Dreadful as hermit’s dreams in haunted shades,
    Or bright, as visions of expiring maids. Alexander Pope.

    Restless and impatient to try every scheme and overture of present happiness, he hunts a phantom he can never overtake. John Rogers, Sermons.

    As Pallas will’d, along the sable skies,
    To calm the queen, the phantom sister flies. Alexander Pope.


  1. phantom

    A phantom refers to a ghost, an apparition, something elusive or an illusion. It's something that appears to exist or be present but is not, often causing uncertainty or fear. It can also refer to a figment of the imagination, a dream or a mirage. In another context, a phantom might refer to a duplicate or representation of a particular system or object, often used for experimental or testing purposes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phantomnoun

    that which has only an apparent existence; an apparition; a specter; a phantasm; a sprite; an airy spirit; an ideal image

  2. Etymology: [OE. fantome, fantosme, fantesme, OF. fantme, fr. L. phantasma, Gr. fa`ntasma, fr. fai`nein to show. See Fancy, and cf. Phaton, Phantasm, Phase.]


  1. Phantom

    Phantom is the tenth book in Terry Goodkind's epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth. Phantom debuted in the #1 spot on The New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Phantom

    fan′tom, n. a phantasm.—adj. illusive, spectral.—adj. Phantomat′ic, relating to a phantom. [O. Fr. fantosme—Gr. phantasma.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Phantom

    Phantom may refer to: An apparition, more specifically a Spirit Ghost An illusion, a distortion of the senses

    The Phantom of the Opera.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 5, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phantom in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phantom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of phantom in a Sentence

  1. George Washington:

    Republicanism is not the phantom of a deluded imagination. On the contrary, laws, under no form of government, are better supported, liberty and property better secured, or happiness more effectually dispensed to mankind.

  2. Justin Onwenu:

    The Biden campaign is literally like a phantom campaign, i'm not saying that to say that Joe Biden's not going to be able to pull together a coalition, but I do think Joe Biden's operating on goodwill.

  3. Secretary General Erik Jonnaert:

    It is not just a phantom idea.

  4. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber:

    Not just the prince of musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom. This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theatre was without equal.

  5. Conan OBriens late-night careerO'Brien jokes:

    I've devoted all of my adult life to pursuing this strange phantom intersection between smart and stupid, there's a lot of people who believe the two can not coexist, but god I will tell you, it is something I believe religiously, I think when smart and stupid come together... I think it's the most beautiful thing in the world.

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