- The definition of a shadow is a reflection of something produced by light hitting the object or someone who follows another person around.
- An example of shadow is when you see your silhouette on the ground when you go outside on a sunny day.
- An example of shadow is a faithful dog that follows behind you all day.
- Shadow is defined as either a dark part of something or to an area of complete darkness.
- An example of shadow is a dark or shaded area on a photograph.
- An example of shadow is a pitch dark alley from where a scary figure emerges.
- An example of shadow is when your lamp falls in such a way that you a part of the page of your book looks much darker than other parts of the page.
- Shadow is something that lasts only for a moment or is just a hint of something.
- An example of shadow is when it looks like war might end and we'll have peace, but then the conflict immediately starts again.
- An example of shadow is when you have a tiny little doubt about whether the prison you are about to marry is right for you.
Two long shadows on an old street.
shadow definition by Webster's New World
- a definite area of shade cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the light rays
- the dark image made by such a body
- the growing darkness after sunset
- a feeling of gloom or depression, a suggestion of doubt, etc.
- anything causing gloom, doubt, etc.
- a shaded area in a picture or X-ray
- a dark area, as of a very short growth of beard
- a mirrored image; reflection
- something without reality or substance; imaginary vision
- a ghost; apparition
- a vague indication or omen; prefiguration: coming events cast their shadows before
- a faint suggestion or appearance; trace: not a shadow of hope
- remnant; vestige: a mere shadow of his former self
- a close or constant companion
- ☆ a person who trails another closely, as a detective or spy
- Rare protection or shelter
Origin: Middle English schadwe ; from inflected forms (gen. and amp; dative sceadwe) of Old English sceadu, shade
- to shelter from light or heat
- to shelter; protect
- to throw a shadow upon
- to make dark or gloomy; cloud
- to represent vaguely, mystically, or prophetically; prefigure: often with forth
- to stay close to or follow, esp. in secret so as to observe the movements and activities of
- to change gradually
- to become shadowy or clouded (with doubt, sorrow, etc.): said of the features
- of or belonging to a shadow cabinet: a shadow minister
- darker, indistinct, not plainly perceived, etc.
shadow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An area that is not or is only partially irradiated or illuminated because of the interception of radiation by an opaque object between the area and the source of radiation.
- The rough image cast by an object blocking rays of illumination. See Synonyms at shade.
- An imperfect imitation or copy.
- shadows The darkness following sunset.
- A feeling or cause of gloom or unhappiness: The argument cast a shadow on their friendship.
- a. A nearby or adjoining region; vicinity: grew up in the shadow of the ballpark.b. A dominating presence or influence: spent years working in the shadow of the lab director.
- a. A darkened area of skin under the eye. Often used in the plural.b. An incipient growth of beard that makes the skin look darker.
- A shaded area in a picture or photograph.
- A mirrored image or reflection.
- A phantom; a ghost.
- a. One, such as a detective or spy, that follows or trails another.b. A constant companion.c. Sports A player who guards an opponent closely.
- A faint indication; a foreshadowing.
- A vestige or inferior form: shadows of their past achievements.
- An insignificant portion or amount; a trace: beyond a shadow of a doubt.
- Shelter; protection: under the shadow of their corporate sponsor.
- To cast a shadow on; shade.
- To make gloomy or dark; cloud.
- To represent vaguely, mysteriously, or prophetically.
- To darken in a painting or drawing; shade in.
- To follow, especially in secret; trail.
- Sports To guard (an opponent) closely throughout the playing area, especially in ice hockey.
- To change by gradual degrees.
- To become clouded over as if with shadows: Her face shadowed with sorrow.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sceaduwe, oblique case of sceadu, shade, shadow.
- shadˈow·er noun
shadow - Phrases/Idioms
in the shadow ofor under the shadow of
- very close to; verging upon
- under the influence or domination of
under the shadow of