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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 ?
"These phantoms were so far from being phantoms that they were positively clinging on the ladder," said Levin.
When Don Quixote saw the state he was in he said, "I have now come to the conclusion, good Sancho, that this castle or inn is beyond a doubt enchanted, because those who have so atrociously diverted themselves with thee, what can they be but phantoms or beings of another world?
The capitularies of Charlemagne and of Louis le Débonnaire impose severe penalties on fiery phantoms which presume to appear in the air.
The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms. To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything, one might have thought that Nature lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale.
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!
How could it be that no dream of bliss grew so strong within him, that, shattered by its very strength, it should part asunder, and allow him to perceive the girl among its phantoms? Why, at least, did no smile of welcome brighten upon his face?
"Then he told us that for several nights he had seen what he kept calling the black phantom. It came into the park at the stroke of midnight and glided stealthily through the trees; it appeared to him to pass through the trunks of the trees.
With its Phantom chased for evermore, By a crowd that seize it not, Through a circle that ever returneth in To the self-same spot, And much of Madness, and more of Sin, And Horror the soul of the plot.
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.
Or is it this: To love those who despise us, and give one's hand to the phantom when it is going to frighten us?
As if that mental question had evoked the familiar phantom, Haldin stood suddenly before him in the room with an extraordinary completeness of detail.
It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.