- The definition of a ghost is a faint hint of something, or the spirit of a dead person come back to Earth to haunt the living.
- When someone is trying really hard not to smile and you only see a faint little hint of their lips quirking up, this is an example of when you see a ghost of a smile.
- When a person is murdered and her spirit comes back to haunt the murderer, this is an example of a ghost.
An engraving of a man being haunted by a ghost.
- the spirit or soul: now only in (to die) and in Holy Ghost
- Folklore a dead person's disembodied spirit, esp. when thought of as appearing to the living as a pale, shadowy apparition
- a haunting memory
- a faint, shadowy semblance; inkling
- a slight trace: not a ghost of a chance
- ☆ Informal ghostwriter
- Optics, TV an unwanted secondary image
Origin of ghostaltered (prob. after Flemish gheest) ; from Middle English goste ; from Old English gast, soul, spirit, demon, akin to German geist ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gheizd-, to be excited, frightened from source Sanskrit hēḋ-, to be angry
- to haunt
- ☆ to be the ghostwriter of
- The spirit of a dead person, especially one that is believed to appear to the living in bodily form or to haunt specific locations.
- A person's spirit or soul: was sick for months and finally gave up the ghost.
- A returning or haunting memory or image.
- a. A slight or faint trace: just a ghost of a smile.b. The tiniest bit: not a ghost of a chance.
- A faint, unwanted image, as:a. An unwanted image on a television or radar screen caused by reflected waves.b. A displaced image in a photograph caused by the optical system of the camera.c. An unwanted spectral line caused by imperfections in a diffraction grating.d. A displaced image in a mirror caused by reflection from the front of the glass.
- Informal A ghostwriter.
- a. A nonexistent publication listed in bibliographies.b. A fictitious employee or business.
- Physiology A red blood cell having no hemoglobin.
verbghost·ed, ghost·ing, ghosts
- Informal To engage in ghostwriting.
- To move noiselessly like a ghost: “Two young deer ghosted out of the woods” (Nancy M. Debevoise).
- To haunt.
- Informal To ghostwrite: was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.
Origin of ghostMiddle English gost, from Old English gāst, breath, spirit.
- (rare) The spirit; the soul of man.
- The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.
- Everyone showed that the ghost of an old lady haunted this crypt.
- Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.
- not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea
- A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
- An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.
- A ghostwriter.
- (Internet) An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.
- (computing) An image of a file or hard disk.
- (theater) An understudy.
- (espionage) A covert (deniable) agent.
- The faint image that remains after an attempt to remove graffiti.
- (video games) An opponent in a racing game that follows a previously recorded route, allowing players to compete against previous best times.
- (in names of species) white or pale
- ghost slug; ghostberry; ghostflower; ghost crab; ghost bat
- (in names of species) transparent or translucent
- ghost ant; ghost catfish; ghost nipper; ghost nudibranch
- ghost town; ghost net; ghost ramp; ghost ship
- the remains of
- ghost cell; ghost crater; ghost image
- perceived or listed but not real
- ghost pain; ghost cellphone vibration; ghost island; ghost voter
- of cryptid, supernatural or extraterrestrial nature
- ghost rocket; ghost deer; ghost cat
- ghost writer; ghost band; ghost singer
(third-person singular simple present ghosts, present participle ghosting, simple past and past participle ghosted)
From Middle English gost, gast, from Old English gāst (“breath, soul, spirit, ghost, being”), from Proto-Germanic *gaistaz (“ghost, spirit”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeizd-, *ǵʰizd- (“anger, agitation”), *ǵʰeysd-, *ǵʰisd- (“anger, agitation”). Cognate with Scots ghaist (“ghost”), West Frisian geast (“spirit”), Dutch geest (“spirit, mind, ghost”), German Geist (“spirit, mind, intellect”), Swedish gast (“ghost”), Sanskrit हेड (heḍa, “anger, hatred”).
ghost - Computer Definition
(1) See ghosted.
(2) A faint second image that appears close to the primary image on a CRT. A CRT ghost is an electronics synchronization problem.
(3) A faint second image that appears close to the primary image on a printout from a mechanical printer. It is caused by bouncing print elements as the paper passes by.
(4) A double image appearing in 3D shutter glasses due to synchronization issues. See 3D sync.
(5) To make an exact copy of an operating system or the contents of a hard disk for backup or for migrating to another computer. Aptly named, Norton Ghost is a popular utility that duplicates the contents of a hard drive. The program can also be used to copy failing disks, taking hours to complete the operation, because it has to re-read marginal sectors over and over. See ghosting server and cloning software.
(6) A secondary signal in a communications transmission that arrives ahead of or later than the primary signal.