spectral


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spec·tral

 (spĕk′trəl)
adj.
1. Of or resembling a specter; ghostly.
2. Of, relating to, or produced by a spectrum.

spec·tral′i·ty (-trăl′ĭ-tē), spec′tral·ness (-trəl-nĭs) n.
spec′tral·ly adv.

spectral

(ˈspɛktrəl)
adj
1. of or like a spectre
2. (General Physics) of or relating to a spectrum: spectral colours.
3. (General Physics) physics (of a physical quantity) relating to a single wavelength of radiation: spectral luminous efficiency.
spectrality, ˈspectralness n
ˈspectrally adv

spec•tral

(ˈspɛk trəl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to a specter; ghostly.
2. resembling a specter.
3. of, pertaining to, or produced by a spectrum or spectra.
4. resembling or suggesting a spectrum or spectra.
[1710–20; < Latin spectr(um) (see specter) + -al1]
spec′tral•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spectral - of or relating to a spectrum; "spectral colors"; "spectral analysis"
2.spectral - resembling or characteristic of a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance"
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"

spectral

adjective ghostly, unearthly, eerie, supernatural, weird, phantom, shadowy, uncanny, spooky (informal), insubstantial, incorporeal, wraithlike the spectral quality of the light

spectral

adjective
Gruesomely suggestive of ghosts or death:
Translations
spektrální
aavemainen
spectral

spectral

[ˈspektrəl] ADJespectral

spectral

adj
(of ghosts)geisterhaft, gespenstisch
(of the spectrum)spektral, Spektral-; spectral colourSpektralfarbe f

spectral

[ˈspɛktrəl] adj (liter) (ghostly) → spettrale
References in classic literature ?
The next moment, without any visible cause for the change, her unwonted joy shrank back, appalled, as it were, and clothed itself in mourning; or it ran and hid itself, so to speak, in the dungeon of her heart, where it had long lain chained, while a cold, spectral sorrow took the place of the imprisoned joy, that was afraid to be enfranchised, --a sorrow as black as that was bright.
Yet there were intervals when the whole scene, in which she was the most conspicuous object, seemed to vanish from her eyes, or, at least, glimmered indistinctly before them, like a mass of imperfectly shaped and spectral images.
He was gaunt and shagged, with a ewe neck, and a head like a hammer; his rusty mane and tail were tangled and knotted with burs; one eye had lost its pupil, and was glaring and spectral, but the other had the gleam of a genuine devil in it.
All down her sides, this spectral appearance was traced with long channels of reddened rust, while all her spars and her rigging were like the thick branches of trees furred over with hoar-frost.
There's no music like the bugle to stir the blood, in the still solemnity of the morning twilight, with the dim plain stretching away to nothing and the spectral mountains slumbering against the sky.
Finally, with a venomous access of irritation, I said I would leave without the sock; so I rose up and made straight for the door--as I supposed--and suddenly confronted my dim spectral image in the unbroken mirror.
And so exactly was the expression repeated on the fair young face of her who had crept along the wall to a point where she could see him, and where she now stood looking at him, with hands which at first had been only raised in frightened compassion, if not even to keep him off and shut out the sight of him, but which were now extending towards him, trembling with eagerness to lay the spectral face upon her warm young breast, and love it back to life and hope--so exactly was the expression repeated (though in stronger characters) on her fair young face, that it looked as though it had passed like a moving light, from him to her.
It thrilled him with a vague uncertain horror, to know that behind the dusky shroud, there were ghostly eyes intently fixed upon him, while he, though he stretched his own to the utmost, could see nothing but a spectral hand and one great heap of black.
But ever afterwards, I remembered - and soon afterwards with stronger reason - that while Estella looked at me merely with incredulous wonder, the spectral figure of Miss Havisham, her hand still covering her heart, seemed all resolved into a ghastly stare of pity and remorse.
The trees seemed to sweep past him in spectral procession, and wild shadows to fling themselves across his path.
The rain had moulded the rough sacking to the outlines of the body underneath; the head was distinct from the trunk, the shoulders plainly modelled; something at once spectral and human riveted their eyes upon the ghastly comrade of their drive.
Very soon light reappeared and grew, and, the sun being low on the horizon, the refraction edged the different objects with a spectral ring.