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).
3. Informal To cut off all communication with someone, especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation: ghosted on him after two dates.
v. tr.
1. To haunt.
2. Informal To ghostwrite: was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.
3. Informal To cut off all communication with (someone), especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation: "In some point in nearly every young millennial's life, they will be ghosted. And not by sad dead bodies from the graveyard, but by idiot living ones from the Internet" (Heather Dockray).

[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 ?
She shuddered when she heard little Jammes speak of the ghost, called her a "silly little fool" and then, as she was the first to believe in ghosts in general, and the Opera ghost in particular, at once asked for details:
You meet so many men in dress-clothes at the Opera who are not ghosts. But this dress-suit had a peculiarity of its own.
If I hear another word spoken about ghosts in this school, it will be the worse for all of you.
I made a drink-offering to all the dead, first with honey and milk, then with wine, and thirdly with water, and I sprinkled white barley meal over the whole, praying earnestly to the poor feckless ghosts, and promising them that when I got back to Ithaca I would sacrifice a barren heifer for them, the best I had, and would load the pyre with good things.
Scrooge then remembered to have heard that ghosts in haunted houses were described as dragging chains.
"If you had had a 'Shilling Dreadful' in your hand," she proceeded, "something about Ghosts or Dynamite or Midnight Murder--one could understand it: those things aren't worth the shilling, unless they give one a Nightmare.
Do you know, I have been trysting here with ghosts."
The mountain is haunted; it is a place of ghosts. Look at the stone Witch who sits upon it!
Strange to say, in spite of the general foreboding, nothing of especial moment happened on the Ghost. We ran on to the north and west till we raised the coast of Japan and picked up with the great seal herd.
As soon as the play, which was Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, began, Partridge was all attention, nor did he break silence till the entrance of the ghost; upon which he asked Jones, "What man that was in the strange dress; something," said he, "like what I have seen in a picture.
We was thinking of that awful thing laying yonder in the sycamores, and it seemed like being that close to a ghost, and it give me the cold shudders.
Desecrated as the body is, a vengeful ghost survives and hovers over it to scare.