noun Cytology, Histology.
Origin of shadowing
- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of shadow
Examples from the Web for shadowing
A crew for the A&E reality show The First 48 had been shadowing Detroit homicide detectives for months and filmed the incident.
She spent a day shadowing me, part of an introductory program I instituted for trainees in CTC.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’|Henry A. Crumpton|May 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He says he believes a couple of militants have been shadowing him for the past two days.Pakistani Journalists Working for American Companies Face Horrifying Dangers|Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau|January 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Alexander pointed to a fire trail cutting down the hill, saying that it would be good for shadowing.Adventures with an Extreme Polyglot: Excerpt from 'Babel No More'|Michael Erard|January 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Tuesday, the pirates launched a rocket-propelled grenade at the American destroyer that was shadowing the distressed Quest.
They separated, and both kept in sight of the man, who did not seem to fear pursuit or dream any one was shadowing him.Frank Merriwell Down South|Burt L. Standish
On Monday he began his shadowing of Archer, lest the latter should go to town that day.The Pit Prop Syndicate|Freeman Wills Crofts
It was like disappointing an eager child, and watching the shadowing of the happy face.A Question of Marriage|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Among them Hiero, like the mighty men of old, girds himself for fight, and the horse-hair crest is shadowing his helmet.Theocritus, Bion and Moschus|Theocritus
He was shadowing the suspected party, and if he deemed it 110 necessary, he would call on the mayor for assistance.The Telegraph Messenger Boy|Edward S. Ellis
Word Origin for shadow
Old English sceadwe, sceaduwe "the effect of interception of sunlight, dark image cast by someone or something when interposed between an object and a source of light," oblique cases ("to the," "from the," "of the," "in the") of sceadu (see shade (n.)). Shadow is to shade (n.) as meadow is to mead (n.2). Cf. Old Saxon skado, Middle Dutch schaeduwe, Dutch schaduw, Old High German scato, German schatten, Gothic skadus "shadow, shade."
From mid-13c. as "darkened area created by shadows, shade." From early 13c. in sense "anything unreal;" mid-14c. as "a ghost;" late 14c. as "a foreshadowing, prefiguration." Meaning "imitation, copy" is from 1690s. Sense of "the faintest trace" is from 1580s; that of "a spy who follows" is from 1859.
As a designation of members of an opposition party chosen as counterparts of the government in power, it is recorded from 1906. Shadow of Death (c.1200) translates Vulgate umbra mortis (Ps. xxiii:4, etc.), which itself translates Greek skia thanatou, perhaps a mistranslation of a Hebrew word for "intense darkness." In "Beowulf," Gendel is a sceadugenga, a shadow-goer, and another word for "darkness" is sceaduhelm. To be afraid of one's (own) shadow "be very timorous" is from 1580s.
Middle English schadowen, Kentish ssedwi, from late Old English sceadwian "to protect as with covering wings" (cf. also overshadow), from the root of shadow (n.). Cf. Old Saxon skadoian, Dutch schaduwen, Old High German scatewen, German (über)schatten. From mid-14c. as "provide shade;" late 14c. as "cast a shadow over" (literal and figurative), from early 15c. as "darken" (in illustration, etc.). Meaning "to follow like a shadow" is from c.1600 in an isolated instance; not attested again until 1872. Related: Shadowed; shadowing.
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