Definition of Shadow

1. Noun. Shade within clear boundaries.

Generic synonyms: Shade, Shadiness, Shadowiness
Specialized synonyms: Umbra, Penumbra
Derivative terms: Shadowy

2. Verb. Follow, usually without the person's knowledge. "Sam cannot shadow Sue "; "The police are shadowing her"
Generic synonyms: Follow
Derivative terms: Shadower, Shadowing

3. Noun. An unilluminated area. "He moved off into the darkness"
Exact synonyms: Dark, Darkness
Generic synonyms: Scene
Derivative terms: Dark, Dark

4. Verb. Cast a shadow over.
Exact synonyms: Shade, Shade Off
Generic synonyms: Darken
Derivative terms: Shade

5. Noun. Something existing in perception only. "A ghostly apparition at midnight"

6. Verb. Make appear small by comparison. "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"
Exact synonyms: Dwarf, Overshadow
Generic synonyms: Command, Dominate, Overlook, Overtop
Derivative terms: Dwarf

7. Noun. A premonition of something adverse. "A shadow over his happiness"

8. Noun. An indication that something has been present. "A tincture of condescension"
Exact synonyms: Tincture, Trace, Vestige
Specialized synonyms: Footprint
Generic synonyms: Indicant, Indication

9. Noun. Refuge from danger or observation. "He felt secure in his father's shadow"
Generic synonyms: Recourse, Refuge, Resort

10. Noun. A dominating and pervasive presence. "He received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"
Generic synonyms: Presence

11. Noun. A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements.
Exact synonyms: Shadower, Tail
Generic synonyms: Follower, Spy
Derivative terms: Tail

12. Noun. An inseparable companion. "The poor child was his mother's shadow"
Generic synonyms: Follower

Definition of Shadow

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity.

Definition of Shadow

1. Noun. A dark image projected onto a surface where light is blocked by the shade of an object. ¹

2. Noun. Relative darkness, especially as caused by the interruption of light; gloom, obscurity. ¹

3. Noun. That which looms as though a shadow. ¹

4. Noun. Merely a hint of substance. ¹

5. Noun. One who secretly or furtively follows another. ¹

6. Noun. A type of lettering form of word processors that makes a cubic effect. ¹

7. Noun. An influence, especially a pervasive or a negative one. ¹

8. Verb. To block light or radio transmission. ¹

9. Verb. (espionage) To secretly or discreetly track or follow another, to keep under surveillance. ¹

10. Verb. (programming) To make an identifier, usually a variable, inaccessible by declaring another of the same name within the scope of the first. ¹

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Definition of Shadow

1. to make dark or gloomy [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Shadow

1. 1. 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. 2. Darkness; shade; obscurity. "Night's sable shadows from the ocean rise." (Denham) 3. A shaded place; shelter; protection; security. "In secret shadow from the sunny ray, On a sweet bed of lilies softly laid." (Spenser) 4. A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water. 5. That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower. "Sin and her shadow Death." (Milton) 6. A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom. "Hence, horrible shadow!" 7. An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical reprresentation; type. "The law having a shadow of good things to come." (Heb. X. 1) "[Types] and shadows of that destined seed." (Milton) 8. A small degree; a shade. "No variableness, neither shadow of turning." 9. An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited. "I must not have my board pastered with shadows That under other men's protection break in Without invitement." (Massinger) Shadow of death, darkness or gloom like that caused by the presence or the impending of death. Origin: Originally the same word as shade. See Shade. 1. To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity. "The warlike elf much wondered at this tree, So fair and great, that shadowed all the ground." (Spenser) 2. To conceal; to hide; to screen. "Let every soldier hew him down a bough. And bear't before him; thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host." (Shak) 3. To protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud. "Shadoving their right under your wings of war." (Shak) 4. To mark with gradations of light or colour; to shade. 5. To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically. "Augustus is shadowed in the person of neas." (Dryden) 6. To cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over. "The shadowed livery of the burnished sun." (Shak) "Why sad? I must not see the face O love thus shadowed." (Beau & Fl) 7. 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. Origin: OE. Shadowen, AS. Sceadwian. See adow. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shadow

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shadow (current term)
shadow-cast replica
shadow bank
shadow banking
shadow banking system
shadow box
shadow boxed
shadow boxes
shadow boxing
shadow cabinet
shadow cells
shadow corpuscle

Literary usage of Shadow

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1. The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to Come by John Bunyan (1806)
"The prophet Jeremiah thus describes H : ' A wilderness, a land of deserts, and of pits ; a land of drought, and of the shadow of death; a land that no man,' ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Similarly the perspective of the shadow of a circle on a plane is some conic. ... We join the point L to any point of which we want to find the shadow and ..."

3. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)
"XVIII MY shadow I HAVE a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. He is very, very like me from ..."

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