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phantom

or fan·tom

[ fan-tuhm ]
/ ˈfæn təm /
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noun
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.
adjective
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Origin of phantom

1250–1300; Middle English fantosme<Middle French, Old French <Latin phantasmaphantasm

synonym study for phantom

1, 2. See apparition.

OTHER WORDS FROM phantom

phan·tom·like, adjective
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How to use phantom in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for phantom

phantom
/ (ˈfæntəm) /

noun
  1. an apparition or spectre
  2. (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 for phantom

C13: from Old French fantosme, from Latin phantasma phantasm
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