a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.
shade or comparative darkness, as in an area.
shadows, darkness, especially that coming after sunset.
a slight suggestion; trace: beyond the shadow of a doubt.
a specter or ghost: pursued by shadows.
a hint or faint, indistinct image or idea; intimation: shadows of things to come.
a mere semblance: the shadow of power.
a reflected image.
(in painting, drawing, graphics, etc.)
the representation of the absence of light on a form.
the dark part of a picture, especially as representing the absence of illumination: Rembrandt's figures often emerge gradually from the shadows.
(in architectural shades and shadows) a dark figure or image cast by an object or part of an object upon a surface that would otherwise be illuminated by the theoretical light source.: Compare shade (def. 9).
a period or instance of gloom, unhappiness, mistrust, doubt, dissension, or the like, as in friendship or one's life: Their relationship was not without shadows.
a dominant or pervasive threat, influence, or atmosphere, especially one causing gloom, fear, doubt, or the like: They lived under the shadow of war.
an inseparable companion: The dog was his shadow.
a person who follows another in order to keep watch upon that person, as a spy or detective.
to screen or protect from light, heat, etc.; shade.
to follow and observe (a person): Spies and secret agents shadowed government officials in clandestine assignments during the Cold War.All new employees will be assigned a mentor whom they will shadow during their first week at work.
to represent faintly, prophetically, etc. (often followed by forth).
Archaic. to shelter or protect.
Archaic. to shade in painting, drawing, etc.
of or relating to a shadow cabinet.
without official authority: a shadow government.
unofficial or without public notice; characterized by secrecy or performed in a way that is difficult to detect; clandestine: shadow ban;shadow docket;shadow inflation.
- shad·ow·er, noun
- shad·ow·less, adjective
- shad·ow·like, adjective
- pre·shad·ow, noun, verb (used with object)
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How to use shadow in a sentence
Today, the company is just a shadow of its former self and a wholly unfulfilling experience.Friday feedback: Defending democracy, finding purpose | Alan Murray | November 13, 2020 | Fortune
The stuck slide cast a shadow on the screen, which excited the neuron beyond anything the two had previously observed.
As my unemployed friends started applying for and receiving government benefits, I was trapped in the shadows.You Think Being a Trans Chinese Sex Worker Is Easy? | Eugene Robinson | November 11, 2020 | Ozy
The answer, of course, was that no CEO wanted his or her company to be Toys “R” Us, Westinghouse, or Kodak—leaders in their time but now shadows of their former selves.The pandemic dramatically accelerated the digital shift. These CEOs explain how they got it done | Aric Jenkins | November 11, 2020 | Fortune
The list grows longer by the day, casting a shadow that will hover over us long after the pandemic has ceased to control our daily activities.
He did not look back, but he seemed to see the shadower on his trail.Frank Merriwell's Bravery | Burt L. Standish
Old Broadbrim watched the shadower for some time and came to the conclusion that he was really watched.Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia | Author of "Old Broadbrim"
About this time I discovered that several people needed looking after, and I sent for a boy shadower.The Diamond Coterie | Lawrence L. Lynch
As a divorce-suit shadower he was equally resourceful and equally successful.The Shadow | Arthur Stringer
The wicked curved knife doubtless concealed under the belt of the apache turned the scale decisively in the mind of the shadower.Swirling Waters | Max Rittenberg
British Dictionary definitions for shadow
a dark image or shape cast on a surface by the interception of light rays by an opaque body
an area of relative darkness
the dark portions of a picture
a hint, image, or faint semblance: beyond a shadow of a doubt
a remnant or vestige: a shadow of one's past self
a threatening influence; blight: a shadow over one's happiness
an inseparable companion
a person who trails another in secret, such as a detective
med a dark area on an X-ray film representing an opaque structure or part
(in Jungian psychology) the archetype that represents man's animal ancestors
archaic, or rare protection or shelter
(modifier) British designating a member or members of the main opposition party in Parliament who would hold ministerial office if their party were in power: shadow Chancellor; shadow cabinet
to cast a shadow over
to make dark or gloomy; blight
to shade from light
to follow or trail secretly
(often foll by forth) to represent vaguely
painting drawing another word for shade (def. 13)
- shadower, noun
- shadowless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with shadow
In addition to the idiom beginning with shadow
- shadow of one's self
- afraid of one's own shadow
- beyond a (shadow of a) doubt
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