What does shadow mean?

Definitions for shadow
ˈʃæd oʊshad·ow

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shadow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shadownoun

    shade within clear boundaries

  2. darkness, dark, shadownoun

    an unilluminated area

    "he moved off into the darkness"

  3. apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, shadownoun

    something existing in perception only

    "a ghostly apparition at midnight"

  4. shadownoun

    a premonition of something adverse

    "a shadow over his happiness"

  5. trace, vestige, tincture, shadownoun

    an indication that something has been present

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

  6. shadownoun

    refuge from danger or observation

    "he felt secure in his father's shadow"

  7. shadownoun

    a dominating and pervasive presence

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

  8. tail, shadow, shadowernoun

    a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

  9. shadowverb

    an inseparable companion

    "the poor child was his mother's shadow"

  10. shadowverb

    follow, usually without the person's knowledge

    "The police are shadowing her"

  11. shadow, shade, shade offverb

    cast a shadow over

  12. shadow, overshadow, dwarfverb

    make appear small by comparison

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

Wiktionary

  1. shadownoun

    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.

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

  2. shadownoun

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

    I immediately jumped into shadow as I saw them approach.

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

  3. shadownoun

    That which looms as though a shadow.

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

  4. shadownoun

    Merely a hint of substance.

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

  5. shadownoun

    One who secretly or furtively follows another.

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

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

  6. shadownoun

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

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

  7. shadownoun

    An influence, especially a pervasive or a negative one.

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

  8. shadowverb

    To block light or radio transmission.

    Looks like that cloud's going to shadow us.

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

  9. shadowverb

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

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

  10. shadowverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shadownoun

    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

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  2. Shadownoun

    darkness; shade; obscurity

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  3. Shadownoun

    a shaded place; shelter; protection; security

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  4. Shadownoun

    a reflected image, as in a mirror or in water

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  5. Shadownoun

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

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  6. Shadownoun

    a spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  7. Shadownoun

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

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  8. Shadownoun

    a small degree; a shade

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  9. Shadownoun

    an uninvited guest coming with one who is invited

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  10. Shadownoun

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

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  11. Shadownoun

    to conceal; to hide; to screen

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  12. Shadownoun

    to protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  13. Shadownoun

    to mark with gradations of light or color; to shade

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  14. Shadownoun

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

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  15. Shadownoun

    to cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

  16. Shadownoun

    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

    Etymology: [Originally the same word as shade. 162. See Shade.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shadow

    shad′ō, n. shade caused by an object: darkness: shelter: security: favour: the dark part of a picture: an inseparable companion: a mystical representation: faint appearance: a ghost, spirit: something only in appearance.—v.t to shade: to cloud or darken: to shade, as a painting: to represent faintly: to hide, conceal: (coll.) to attend like a shadow, watch continuously and carefully.—ns. Shad′ow-fig′ure, a silhouette; Shad′owiness, the state of being shadowy or unsubstantial; Shad′owing, shading: gradation of light and colour.—adj. Shad′owless.—n. Shad′ow-stitch, in lace-making, a very delicate kind of ladder-stitch used in fine open-work.—adj. Shad′owy, full of shadow: dark: obscure: typical: unsubstantial: (rare) indulging in fancies.—Shadow of death, approach of death: terrible disaster. [A.S. sceadu; cog. with Old High Ger. scato, and perh. Gr. skotos, darkness, skia, shadow.]

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shadow in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shadow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of shadow in a Sentence

  1. Sam Snead:

    These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.

  2. Wayne Gretski:

    It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you miss 100% of the shots you do not take.

  3. Henry David Thoreau, Walden:

    Petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of reality.

  4. Oswald Chambers:

    The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    All good that you have done for the humanity, keep it like a secret; do your goodness in the shadow! Let one day others find this secret, preferably long after you have passed away!

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