Ghosts


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ghost

 (gōst)
n.
1. The spirit of a dead person, especially one that is believed to appear to the living in bodily form or to haunt specific locations.
2. A person's spirit or soul: was sick for months and finally gave up the ghost.
3. A returning or haunting memory or image.
4.
a. A slight or faint trace: just a ghost of a smile.
b. The tiniest bit: not a ghost of a chance.
5. A faint, unwanted image, as:
a. An unwanted image on a television or radar screen caused by reflected waves.
b. A displaced image in a photograph caused by the optical system of the camera.
c. An unwanted spectral line caused by imperfections in a diffraction grating.
d. A displaced image in a mirror caused by reflection from the front of the glass.
6. Informal A ghostwriter.
7.
a. A nonexistent publication listed in bibliographies.
b. A fictitious employee or business.
8. Physiology A red blood cell having no hemoglobin.
v. ghost·ed, ghost·ing, ghosts
v.intr.
1. Informal To engage in ghostwriting.
2. To move noiselessly like a ghost: "Two young deer ghosted out of the woods" (Nancy M. Debevoise).
v.tr.
1. To haunt.
2. Informal To ghostwrite: was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.

[Middle English gost, from Old English gāst, breath, spirit.]

ghost′y adj.

Ghosts


a supposedly ghostly counterpart or double of a living person.
a belief in ghosts.
a phantom or apparition.
a vision or other perception of something that has no physical or objective reality, especially in the sense of a ghost or other supernatural apparition. Also phantasma. See also images; philosophy.
spectrology.
an abnormal fear of ghosts.
fortunetelling through communication with the spirits of the dead. — sciomantic, adj.
a religion in which ghosts are worshiped instead of gods.
the study of ghosts, phantoms, or apparitions. Also called phantasmology, spookology.spectrological, adj.
an abnormal fear of specters or phantoms.
spectrology.
1. the condition or quality of existing outside the known experience of man or caused by forces beyond those of nature.
2. belief in supernatural events or forces. Also supranaturalism.supernaturalist, n., adj.supernatural, supernaturalistic, adj.
supernaturalism. — supranaturalist, n., adj.supranatural, supranaturalistic, adj.
References in classic literature ?
Ghosts of old things creep into his consciousness; the voices outside of himself whisper a message concerning the limitations of life.
They made me think of defeated armies, retreating; or of ghosts who were trying desperately to get in for shelter, and then went moaning on.
When the white man dies, he thinks he is at peace; but the red men know how to torture even the ghosts of their enemies.
N o longer ago than the night before, it had resembled nothing so much as the old maid's heart; for there was neither sunshine nor household fire in one nor the other, and, Save for ghosts and ghostly reminiscences, not a guest, for many years gone by, had entered the heart or the chamber.
It was marvellous to observe how the ghosts of bygone meals were continually rising up before him -- not in anger or retribution, but as if grateful for his former appreciation, and seeking to repudiate an endless series of enjoyment.
Another of his sources of fearful pleasure was to pass long winter evenings with the old Dutch wives, as they sat spinning by the fire, with a row of apples roasting and spluttering along the hearth, and listen to their marvellous tales of ghosts and goblins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses, and particularly of the headless horseman, or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, as they sometimes called him.
Nor even in our superstitions do we fail to throw the same snowy mantle round our phantoms; all ghosts rising in a milk-white fog --Yea, while these terrors seize us, let us add, that even the king of terrors, when personified by the evangelist, rides on his pallid horse.
There are other ghosts than the Cock-Lane one, and far deeper men than Doctor Johnson who believe in them.
Ah, what agony was that, what despair, when the tomb of memory was rent open and the ghosts of his old life came forth to scourge him
why, it's pale and noiseless -- just ghosts scuffling in a fog.
The whooping went on, and in about a minute I come a-booming down on a cut bank with smoky ghosts of big trees on it, and the current throwed me off to the left and shot by, amongst a lot of snags that fairly roared, the currrent was tearing by them so swift.
Oh, they have just a bully time -- take ships and burn them, and get the money and bury it in awful places in their island where there's ghosts and things to watch it, and kill everybody in the ships -- make 'em walk a plank.