noun shade within clear boundaries
noun an unilluminated area
- he moved off into the darkness
noun something existing in perception only
phantom; fantasm; apparition; phantasma; phantasm.
- a ghostly apparition at midnight
noun a premonition of something adverse
- a shadow over his happiness
noun an indication that something has been present
vestige; tincture; trace.
- there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
- a tincture of condescension
noun refuge from danger or observation
- he felt secure in his father's shadow
noun a dominating and pervasive presence
- he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father
noun a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
noun an inseparable companion
- the poor child was his mother's shadow
verb follow, usually without the person's knowledge
- The police are shadowing her
verb cast a shadow over
shade off; shade.
verb make appear small by comparison
- This year's debt dwarfs that of last year
Originally the same word as shade
. See Shade
- 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.
- Darkness; shade; obscurity.
Night's sable shadows from the ocean rise.
- A shaded place; shelter; protection; security.
In secret shadow from the sunny ray,
On a sweet bed of lilies softly laid.
- A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water.
- That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower.
Sin and her shadow Death.
- A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom. "Hence, horrible shadow!"
- An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical reprresentation; type.
The law having a shadow of good things to come.
Heb. x. 1.
[Types] and shadows of that destined seed.
- A small degree; a shade. "No variableness, neither shadow of turning."
James i. 17.
- An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited. A Latinism
I must not have my board pastered with shadows
That under other men's protection break in
Ps. xxiii. 4.
Shad"ow transitive verb
, AS. sceadwian
. See adow
imperfect & past participle Shadowed ; present participle & verbal noun Shadowing
- 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.
- 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.
- To protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud.
Shadoving their right under your wings of war.
- To mark with gradations of light or color; to shade.
- To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically.
Augustus is shadowed in the person of neas.
- To cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over.
The shadowed livery of the burnished sun.
I must not see the face O love thus shadowed.
Beau & Fl.
- 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.
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