Definitions for shadow
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word shadow.
shade within clear boundaries
darkness, dark, shadownoun
an unilluminated area
"he moved off into the darkness"
apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, shadownoun
something existing in perception only
"a ghostly apparition at midnight"
a premonition of something adverse
"a shadow over his happiness"
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"
refuge from danger or observation
"he felt secure in his father's shadow"
a dominating and pervasive presence
"he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"
tail, shadow, shadowernoun
a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
an inseparable companion
"the poor child was his mother's shadow"
follow, usually without the person's knowledge
"The police are shadowing her"
shadow, shade, shade offverb
cast a shadow over
shadow, overshadow, dwarfverb
make appear small by comparison
"This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"
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.
Relative darkness, especially as caused by the interruption of light; gloom, obscurity.
I immediately jumped into shadow as I saw them approach.
That which looms as though a shadow.
Merely a hint of substance.
One who secretly or furtively follows another.
The constable was promoted to working as a shadow for the Royals.
A type of lettering form of word processors that makes a cubic effect.
An influence, especially a pervasive or a negative one.
To block light or radio transmission.
Looks like that cloud's going to shadow us.
To secretly or discreetly track or follow another, to keep under surveillance.
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).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: scadu , Saxon; schaduwe, Dutch.
Poor Tom! proud of heart, to ride over four inch’d bridges, to course his own shadow for a traitor. William Shakespeare.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. William Shakespeare.
Such a nature,
Tickl’d with good success, disdains the shadow
Which he treads on at noon. William Shakespeare.
The body, tho’ it moves, yet not changing perceivable distance with some other bodies, the thing seems to stand still, as in the hands of clocks, and shadows of sun-dials. John Locke.
By the revolution of the skies
Night’s sable shadows from the ocean rise. John Denham.
His countrymen probably lived within the shake of the earthquake and shadow of the eclipse. Addison.
In secret shadow from the sunny ray,
On a sweet bed of lillies softly laid. Fa. Queen.
Here father, take the shadow of this tree
For your good host. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.
To the secret shadows I retire,
To pay my penance till my years expire. Dryd.
A shadow is a diminution of the first and second light. The first light is that which proceeds immediately from a lightned body, as the beams of the sun. The second is an accidental light spreading itself into the air or medium proceeding from the other. Shadows are threefold: the first is a single shadow, and the least of all; and is proper to the plain surface where it is not wholly possessed of the light. The second is the double shadow, and it is used when the surface begins once to forsake your eye, as in columns. The third shadow is made by crossing over your double shadow again, which darkneth by a third part. It is used for the inmost shadow, and farthest from the light, as in gulfs, wells, and caves. Henry Peacham.
After great lights there must be great shadows. Dryden.
Hence, terrible shadow!
Unreal mock’ry, hence! William Shakespeare.
If substance might be call’d that shadow seem’d. John Milton.
In the glorious lights of heaven we perceive a shadow of his divine countenance. Walter Raleigh.
Without the least impulse or shadow of fate. John Milton.
Amongst the creatures are particular excellencies scattered, which are some shadows of the divine perfections. John Tillotson.
Sin and her shadow, death. John Milton.
Thou my shadow
Inseparable must with me be long John Milton.
Types and shadows of that destin’d seed. John Milton.
Keep me under the shadow of thy wings. Psalms.
Etymology: from the noun.
The warlike elf much wondered at this tree,
So fair and great, that shadowed all the ground. Fa. Q.
The Assyrian was a cedar with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud. Ezek. xxxi. 3.
Mislike me not for my complexion;
The shadow’d livery of the burning sun
To whom I am a neighbour. William Shakespeare.
A gentle south-west wind comes creeping over flowery fields and shadow’d waters in the extreme heat of summer. Philip Sidney.
Let every soldier hew him down a bough,
And bear’t before him; thereby shall we shadow
The number of our host, and make discov’ry
Err in report of us. William Shakespeare.
God shall forgive you Cœur de Lion’s death,
The rather, that you give his offspring life,
Shad wing their right under your wings of war. William Shakespeare.
Turnsoil is made of old linnen rags dried, and laid in a saucer of vinegar, and set over a chafing dish of coals till it boil; then wring it into a shell, and put it into a little gum arabick: it is good to shadow carnations, and all yellows. Henry Peacham.
From a round globe of any uniform colour, the idea imprinted in our minds is of a flat circle, variously shadowed with different degrees of light coming to our eyes. John Locke.
More broken scene, made up of an infinite variety of inequalities and shadowings, that naturally arise from an agreeable mixture of hills, groves, and vallies. Addis.
If the parts be too much distant, so that there be void spaces which are deeply shadowed, then place in those voids some fold to make a joining of the parts. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.
Whereat I wak’d and found
Before mine eyes all real, as the dream
Had lively shadow’d. John Milton, Parad. Lost.
Augustus is shadowed in the person of Æneas. Dryd.
I have shadowed some part of your virtues under another name. Dryd.
Many times there are three things said to make up the substance of a sacrament; namely, the grace which is thereby offered, the element which shadoweth or signifieth grace, and the word which expresseth what is done by the element. Hook.
The shield being to defend the body from weapons, aptly shadows out to us the continence of the emperor, which made him proof to all the attacks of pleasure. Addison.
A shadow is a dark area where light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. It occupies all of the three-dimensional volume behind an object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or a reverse projection of the object blocking the light.
A shadow is an area where a form or object blocks light, resulting in a region of darkness or reduced light intensity behind the obstructing object. It is the absence of light or the partial absence of light caused by an obstruction. Shadows are formed when light rays are blocked by an opaque or partially opaque object, creating a silhouette or dark patch on a surface.
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
darkness; shade; obscurity
a shaded place; shelter; protection; security
a reflected image, as in a mirror or in water
that which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower
a spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom
an imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type
a small degree; a shade
an uninvited guest coming with one who is invited
to cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity
to conceal; to hide; to screen
to protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud
to mark with gradations of light or color; to shade
to represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically
to cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over
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.]
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
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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shadow is ranked #65964 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Shadow surname appeared 300 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shadow.
87.6% or 263 total occurrences were White.
6% or 18 total occurrences were Black.
3.3% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.3% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'shadow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3274
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'shadow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4458
Rank popularity for the word 'shadow' in Nouns Frequency: #1009
The numerical value of shadow in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of shadow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Lord Varys: Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Behind every reflection is a shadow. But behind any shadow, there is no reflection.
If you look at the left-hand side of it there's a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things, it actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.
The term is called counter elimination, the way you can picture it is if you were on a boat and you looked down and you saw a silhouette of something. You didn’t know what it was but you saw a shadow in the water. The idea here is that these sharks are trying to glow just enough to eliminate that shadow.
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Translations for shadow
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- sombra, huembraAragonese
- преследвач, сянкаBulgarian
- ছায়া, শ্যাডোBengali
- ombraCatalan, Valencian
- stín, stínit, sledovatCzech
- Schatten, beschattenGerman
- επισκιάζω, σκιά, σκιάζω, παρακολουθώ, γίνομαι σκιάGreek
- gvatsekvi, ombroEsperanto
- itzal, errainu, ilununeBasque
- varjo, varjostaa, varjostaja, varjostusFinnish
- ombre, prendre en filature, filerFrench
- skaadWestern Frisian
- sgàile, faileas, dubharScottish Gaelic
- scaa, scadooManx
- छाया, परछाई, सायाHindi
- lonbrajHaitian Creole
- árny, árnyékHungarian
- շուք, ստվերArmenian
- 影, 影付き, 日陰, 陰影Japanese
- აჩრდილი, ჩრდილიGeorgian
- 그늘, 응달, 그림자Korean
- umbra, umbra,Latin
- ຮົ່ມເງົາ, ເງົາ, ຮົ່ມLao
- whakamomoka, ātārangiMāori
- chahaʼoh, chahashʼohNavajo, Navaho
- ਪਰਛਾਂਵਾਂPanjabi, Punjabi
- sombra, sombreadoPortuguese
- sumbreiva, sumbriva, umbrivaRomansh
- тень, шпикRussian
- umbra, umbara, urmaSardinian
- сенка, sjenka, сјенка, senka, sena, сена, sjena, сјенаSerbo-Croatian
- tôňa, tieňSlovak
- เงามัว, เงามืดThai
- gölge, gTurkish
- چھایا, سایہ, سائےUrdu
- bóng, bóng tốiVietnamese
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