Definitions of shadow

  1. To cast a shadow; shade; darken.
  2. To foreshow dimly; often with forth or out.
  3. To follow as a spy; dog.
  4. To deprive of light; darken or cloud; mark with degrees of light or color; represent faintly; attend closely; follow and watch closely, as a detective.
  5. To shade: to cloud or darken: to shade, as a painting: to represent faintly: to follow, unobserved, as a detective shadows a suspected criminal.
  6. To shade; darken; represent faintly.
  7. cast a shadow over
  8. follow, usually without the person's knowledge; " The police are shadowing her"
  9. To shade; to cloud; to darken; to conceal; to screen; to paint in obscure colours; to represent faintly; to represent typically.
  10. To cloud or darken; to represent faintly or imperfectly.
  11. a premonition of something adverse; " a shadow over his happiness"
  12. an inseparable companion; " the poor child was his mother's shadow"
  13. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
  14. shade within clear boundaries
  15. an indication that something has been present; " there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; " a tincture of condescension"
  16. a dominating and pervasive presence; " he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"
  17. make appear small by comparison; " This year's debt dwarves that of last year"
  18. 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.
  19. Darkness; shade; obscurity.
  20. A shaded place; shelter; protection; security.
  21. A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water.
  22. That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower.
  23. A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom.
  24. An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type.
  25. A small degree; a shade.
  26. An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited.
  27. To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity.
  28. To conceal; to hide; to screen.
  29. To protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud.
  30. To mark with gradations of light or color; to shade.
  31. To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically.
  32. To cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over.
  33. 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.
  34. Shade caused by an object: shade: darkness: shelter: security: favor: the dark part of a picture: an inseparable companion: a mystical representation: faint appearance: something only in appearance.
  35. Shade; figure formed by shade; darkness; faint oppearance; type; phantom.
  36. Shadowy.
  37. Partial darkness caused by the interception of light; shade; gloom; obscurity; sadness.
  38. Something shadowy; a type; faint trace.
  39. Shelter; covert; protection.
  40. Shade within defined limits; shade, representing the form of a body, which intercepts the rays of light; darkness; obscurity; shade; shelter; the dark part of a picture; an imperfect and faint representation; an inseparable companion; a type; a slight or faint appearance; a reflection.
  41. The shade or partial darkness of a definite form made on one side of a body, caused by a bright light falling upon the opposite side; that portion of space or a surface from which light is intercepted by some opaque body; obscurity; shelter; a slight or faint appearance; something existing only in appearance; a close subservient companion or follower; type; a person or animal thin or emaciated to an extraordinary degree; likeness reflected from a mirror.