Definitions of shadow

  1. something existing in perception only; " a ghostly apparition at midnight"
  2. an unilluminated area; " he moved off into the darkness"
  3. cast a shadow over
  4. refuge from danger or observation; " he felt secure in his father's shadow"
  5. a clue that something has been present; " there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"
  6. a premonition of something adverse; " a shadow over his happiness"
  7. an inseparable companion; " the poor child was his mother's shadow"
  8. a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
  9. shade within clear boundaries
  10. follow, usually without the person's knowledge; " The police are shadowing her"
  11. an indication that something has been present; " there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; " a tincture of condescension"
  12. a dominating and pervasive presence; " he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"
  13. make appear small by comparison; " This year's debt dwarves that of last year"
  14. 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.
  15. Darkness; shade; obscurity.
  16. A shaded place; shelter; protection; security.
  17. A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water.
  18. That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower.
  19. A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom.
  20. An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type.
  21. A small degree; a shade.
  22. An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited.
  23. To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity.
  24. To conceal; to hide; to screen.
  25. To protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud.
  26. To mark with gradations of light or color; to shade.
  27. To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically.
  28. To cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over.
  29. 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.
  30. Partial darkness within certain limits; a darkened portion of space, representing in its outline the form of the body which intercepts or cuts off from it the rays of light; the dark part of a picture; obscurity or darkness; a reflected image; faint representation; small degree; as, not the shadow of a doubt.
  31. 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.
  32. Achromatocyte, phantom corpuscle, a decolorized red blood- cell.
  33. 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.
  34. To shade: to cloud or darken: to shade, as a painting: to represent faintly: to follow, unobserved, as a detective shadows a suspected criminal.
  36. Shade; figure formed by shade; darkness; faint oppearance; type; phantom.
  37. Shadowy.
  38. To shade; darken; represent faintly.
  39. To cast a shadow; shade; darken.
  40. To foreshow dimly; often with forth or out.
  41. To follow as a spy; dog.
  42. Partial darkness caused by the interception of light; shade; gloom; obscurity; sadness.
  43. Something shadowy; a type; faint trace.
  44. Shelter; covert; protection.
  45. 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.
  46. To shade; to cloud; to darken; to conceal; to screen; to paint in obscure colours; to represent faintly; to represent typically.
  47. 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.
  48. To cloud or darken; to represent faintly or imperfectly.

Usage examples for shadow

  1. " I can see a kind of a shadow – Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  2. Then a shadow fell over her face. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  3. Le Moyne moved quietly into the shadow of the church and watched the car go by. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  4. Urmston flushed, glad he was in the shadow where Carrie could not see him. – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
  5. I haven't the shadow of a doubt that I am doing the right thing. – Julian Home by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  6. Haven't I put the shadow of my hand over this country? – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  7. I made her sit down beside me in the shadow of a rock. – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  8. The shadow left his face. – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  9. They walked on in silence, in the shadow of a high wall. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  10. In the shadow of a snow- covered wall he paused. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  11. Then they were to walk slowly on through the woods, speaking to none whom they might meet, and still keeping silence when they were again out of the shadow of the trees. – A Book of Myths by Jean Lang
  12. It looks as if he didn't want to leave the Shadow – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  13. There was a shadow round her mouth that seemed to go inside when she smiled. – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  14. His face remained in shadow but she did not need to see it. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  15. When you meet this shadow you must not look at it too long... – Sun-Up and Other Poems by Lola Ridge
  16. I could make myself miserable in five minutes without the shadow of a reason. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  17. In what direction does your shadow fall at sunrise? – Home Geography For Primary Grades by C. C. Long
  18. They could not see me, for I was in shadow and presently they too entered the close. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  19. But, through all their years together, there must not be that shadow upon their happiness; it was too hideous to be endured. – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  20. But Ivra stayed at her mother's other side, as still and silent as a shadow – The Little House in the Fairy Wood by Ethel Cook Eliot