Definitions for: Ghost


[n] a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
[n] a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
[n] the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
[n] a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
[v] write for someone else; "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"
[v] haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her"
[v] move like a ghost; "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ghost, n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. g[=a]st
breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g?st spirit, soul, D.
geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.]
1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.]

Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament.
--Spenser.

2. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased
person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a
specter.

The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose. --Shak.

I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a
blessed ghost. --Coleridge.

3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a
phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the
ghost of an idea.

Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the
floor. --Poe.

4. A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the
surfaces of one or more lenses.

Ghost moth (Zo["o]l.), a large European moth {(Hepialus
humuli)}; so called from the white color of the male, and
the peculiar hovering flight; -- called also {great
swift}.

Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit; the Paraclete; the Comforter;
(Theol.) the third person in the Trinity.

To give up or yield up the ghost, to die; to expire.

And he gave up the ghost full softly. --Chaucer.

Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered
unto his people. --Gen. xlix.
33.


Ghost, v. i.
To die; to expire. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney.


Ghost, v. t.
To appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition. [Obs.]
--Shak.

Synonyms: ghostwrite, ghostwriter, haunt, obsess, shade, specter, spectre, spook, touch, trace, wraith

See Also: apparition, author, author, go, locomote, move, phantom, poltergeist, preoccupy, proffer, proposition, psyche, shadow, soul, suggestion, travel, writer

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