- an apparition or specter.
- an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a dream image, mirage, or optical illusion.
- a person or thing of merely illusory power, status, efficacy, etc.: the phantom of fear.
- an illustration, part of which is given a transparent effect so as to permit representation of details otherwise hidden from view, as the inner workings of a mechanical device.
- of, relating to, or of the nature of a phantom; illusory: a phantom sea serpent.
- Electricity. noting or pertaining to a phantom circuit.
- named, included, or recorded but nonexistent; fictitious: Payroll checks were made out and cashed for phantom employees.
Origin of phantom
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Examples from the Web for fantom
"I do not understand these things," said Fantom, making toward the door.
At the left, an aged man, or fantom shade, leaned for support against the throne.
Losing the power to believe with vital faith in God and in the soul, men cling to the fantom life of cheap and vulgar pleasures.
We willingly call a fantom our fellow, as knowing we shall soon be of their dark companionship.
"Yes, but one may, if it is only by signing one's name to an essay or paragraph in a newspaper," said Fantom.
- an archaic spelling of phantom
- an apparition or spectre
- (as modifier)a phantom army marching through the sky
- the visible representation of something abstract, esp as appearing in a dream or hallucinationphantoms of evil haunted his sleep
- something apparently unpleasant or horrific that has no material form
- med another name for manikin (def. 2b)
Word Origin and History for fantom
obsolete form of phantom.
c.1300, fantum "illusion, unreality," from Old French fantosme (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fantauma, from Latin phantasma "an apparition" (see phantasm). The ph- was restored in English late 16c. (see ph). Meaning "specter, spirit, ghost" is attested from late 14c.; that of "something having the form, but not the substance, of a real thing" is from 1707. As an adjective from early 15c.
- Variant ofphantom
- Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality.
- An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.
- A model, especially a transparent one, of the human body or of any of its parts.
- Resembling, characteristic of, or being a phantom; illusive.
- Fictitious; nonexistent.