Definitions for: Shadow

[n] refuge from danger or observation; "he felt secure in his father's shadow"
[n] something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
[n] a clue that something has been present; "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"
[n] a premonition of something adverse; "a shadow over his happiness"
[n] an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness"
[n] an inseparable companion; "the poor child was his mother's shadow"
[n] a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
[n] shade within clear boundaries
[v] follow, usually without the person's knowledge; "The police are shadowing her"
[v] cast a shadow
[v] cast a shadow over

Webster (1913) Definition: Shad"ow (sh[a^]d"[-o]), n. [Originally the same word as
shade. [root]162. See Shade.]
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, n., 1.

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. --Shak.

5. That which follows or attends a person or thing like a
shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious

Sin and her shadow Death. --Milton.

6. A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom. ``Hence, horrible
shadow!'' --Shak.

7. An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration;
indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical
representation; 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.'' --James i. 17.

9. An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited. [A
Latinism] --Nares.

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. --Ps. xxiii. 4.

Shad"ow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shadowed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Shadowing.] [OE. shadowen, AS. sceadwian. See adow,
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. [R.]

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.

Shadowing their right under your wings of war.

4. To mark with gradations of light or color; to shade.

5. To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence,
to represent typically.

Augustus is shadowed in the person of [AE]neas.

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.

Synonyms: apparition, dark, darkness, dwarf, overshadow, phantom, shade, shade off, shadower, tail, trace, vestige

See Also: bedim, boding, clew, clue, command, cue, dominate, Flying Dutchman, flying saucer, follow, follower, foreboding, ghost, illusion, obscure, overcloud, overlook, overtop, penumbra, premonition, presentiment, recourse, refuge, resort, scene, semblance, shade, shade, shadiness, shadowiness, specter, spectre, spook, spy, UFO, umbra, unidentified flying object, wraith

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