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phan·tom

 (făn′təm)
n.
1. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition.
2. An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion: phantoms of a disturbed mind.
3. Medicine A model of a human body or body part.
adj.
1. Resembling, characteristic of, or being a phantom: tales of a phantom ship haunting the bay.
2. Fictitious or nonexistent, often when intended to deceive: phantom employees on the payroll; deposits in a phantom bank account.
3. Believed to be real even though illusory: a phantom pregnancy.
4. Being a phantom limb: a phantom arm.

[Middle English fantom, from Old French fantosme, probably from Vulgar Latin *phantauma, from Greek dialectal *phantagma, from Greek phantasma; see phantasm.]

phantom

(ˈfæntəm)
n
1.
a. an apparition or spectre
b. (as modifier): a phantom army marching through the sky.
2. the visible representation of something abstract, esp as appearing in a dream or hallucination: phantoms of evil haunted his sleep.
3. something apparently unpleasant or horrific that has no material form
4. (Medicine) med another name for manikin2b
[C13: from Old French fantosme, from Latin phantasma phantasm]
ˌphantoˈmatic adj

phan•tom

(ˈfæn təm)

n.
1. an apparition or specter.
2. an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a mirage or optical illusion.
3. a person or thing of merely illusory power, status, efficacy, etc.: the phantom of fear.
adj.
4. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a phantom; illusory: a phantom ship; an amputee with a phantom limb.
5. nonexistent; fictitious: phantom employees on the payroll.
[1250–1300; Middle English fantosme < Middle French, Old French < Latin phantasma phantasm]

phantom

- A model of a baby used in obstetric demonstration.
See also related terms for model.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phantom - a ghostly appearing figurephantom - a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
Flying Dutchman - the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day
2.phantom - something existing in perception onlyphantom - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
flying saucer, UFO, unidentified flying object - an (apparently) flying object whose nature is unknown; especially those considered to have extraterrestrial origins
Flying Dutchman - a phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope
ghost, specter, wraith, spectre, spook, shade - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
illusion, semblance - an erroneous mental representation
Adj.1.phantom - something apparently sensed but having no physical reality; "seemed to hear faint phantom bells"; "the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb"
unreal - not actually such; being or seeming fanciful or imaginary; "this conversation is getting more and more unreal"; "the fantastically unreal world of government bureaucracy"; "the unreal world of advertising art"

phantom

noun
1. spectre, ghost, spirit, shade (literary), spook (informal), apparition, wraith, revenant, phantasm Many people claimed to have seen the phantom.
2. illusion, vision, hallucination, figment, chimera, figment of the imagination In pressing for an agreement, Mr Kohl may be chasing a phantom.
adjective

phantom

noun
A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Informal: spook.
Regional: haunt.
Translations
přízrakzjevení
spøgelse
draugur, vofa
fantomsspoks
prízrak
prikazen

phantom

[ˈfæntəm]
A. Nfantasma m
B. CPD [form, shape] → fantasmal; [bank account] → fantasma
phantom limb Nextremidad f imaginaria
phantom pregnancy Nembarazo m psicológico
phantom ship Nbuque m fantasma

phantom

[ˈfæntəm]
n (= ghost) → fantôme m
adj
[company, organization, profit] → fantôme
phantom companies run by her relations → des sociétés fantômes dirigées par des membres de sa famille phantom limbphantom limb nmembre m fantômephantom pregnancy ngrossesse f nerveuse

phantom

nPhantom nt; (= ghost: esp of particular person) → Geist m; phantoms of the imaginationFantasiegebilde pl, → Phantasiegebilde pl
adj attr (= imagined)eingebildet; (= mysterious)Phantom-; a phantom child/knight etcder Geist eines Kindes/Ritters etc; phantom limb painsPhantomschmerzen pl; phantom companyBriefkastenfirma f; phantom withdrawal (from cash dispenser) → falsche or irrtümliche Abbuchung, Falschbelastung f

phantom

[ˈfæntəm]
1. adjfantasma inv
2. nfantasma m

phantom

(ˈfantəm) noun
a ghost. The castle is said to be haunted by a phantom.

phan·tom

n. fantasma.
1. fantoma, imagen mental;
2. patrón transparente del cuerpo y sus partes.
References in classic literature ?
The Duke's Daughter paid the butcher's bill, A Phantom Hand put down a new carpet, and the Curse of the Coventrys proved the blessing of the Marches in the way of groceries and gowns.
When she and Robert stepped into Tonie's boat, with the red lateen sail, misty spirit forms were prowling in the shadows and among the reeds, and upon the water were phantom ships, speeding to cover.
Or will she, likewise, fade, sicken, sadden, and grow into deformity, and be only another pallid phantom, to glide noiselessly up and down the stairs, and affright children as she pauses at the window?
As at the waving of a magician's wand, up rose a grisly phantom -- up rose a thousand phantoms -- in many shapes, of death, or more awful shame, all flocking round about the clergyman, and pointing with their fingers at his breast!
It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.
The vast white headless phantom floats further and further from the ship, and every rod that it so floats, what seem square roods of sharks and cubic roods of fowls, augment the murderous din.
As these all contained alcohol, or some other stimulant, she found that they all did her good while she took them; and so she was always chasing the phantom of good health, and losing it because she was too poor to continue.
A soap-bubble is the most beautiful thing, and the most exquisite, in nature; that lovely phantom fabric in the sky was suggestive of a soap-bubble split open, and spread out in the sun.
It was from companionship with this baby- phantom I had been roused on that moonlight night when I heard the cry; and it was on the afternoon of the day following I was summoned downstairs by a message that some one wanted me in Mrs.
The phantom that my mind pursued, was another and more real child.
Though he looked the phantom through and through, and saw it standing before him; though he felt the chilling influence of its death-cold eyes; and marked the very texture of the folded kerchief bound about its head and chin, which wrapper he had not observed before; he was still incredulous, and fought against his senses.
Then, as I looked up at it, while it dripped, it seemed to my oppressed conscience like a phantom devoting me to the Hulks.