Definitions for: Specter


[n] a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
[n] a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"



Webster (1913) Definition: Spec"ter, Spectre Spec"tre, n. [F. spectre, fr. L.
spectrum an appearance, image, specter, fr. specere to look.
See Spy, and cf. Spectrum.]
1. Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost;
a phantom.

The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend, With
bold fanatic specters to rejoice. --Dryden.

2. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The tarsius.
(b) A stick insect.

Specter bat (Zo["o]l.), any phyllostome bat.

Specter candle (Zo["o]l.), a belemnite.

Specter shrimp (Zo["o]l.), a skeleton shrimp. See under
Skeleton.

Synonyms: apparition, ghost, phantom, shade, spectre, spectre, spook, wraith

See Also: apparition, disembodied spirit, Flying Dutchman, phantom, shadow, spirit

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