Ghost definitions

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The spirit of a dead person, especially one that is believed to appear to the living in bodily form or to haunt specific locations.
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A person's spirit or soul.

Was sick for months and finally gave up the ghost.

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A returning or haunting memory or image.
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A faint, unwanted image, as:
  • An unwanted image on a television or radar screen caused by reflected waves.
  • A displaced image in a photograph caused by the optical system of the camera.
  • An unwanted spectral line caused by imperfections in a diffraction grating.
  • A displaced image in a mirror caused by reflection from the front of the glass.
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A ghostwriter.
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A red blood cell having no hemoglobin.
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To engage in ghostwriting.
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To move noiselessly like a ghost.
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To haunt.
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To ghostwrite.

Was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.

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The spirit or soul.
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A dead person's disembodied spirit, esp. when thought of as appearing to the living as a pale, shadowy apparition.
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A haunting memory.
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An unwanted secondary image.
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To work as a ghostwriter.
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To haunt.
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To be the ghostwriter of.
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(rare) The spirit; the soul of man.
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The remains of.

Ghost cell; ghost crater; ghost image.

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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.

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Perceived or listed but not real.

Ghost pain; ghost cellphone vibration; ghost island; ghost voter.

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The faint image that remains after an attempt to remove graffiti.
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Ghost rocket; ghost deer; ghost cat.

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(video games) An opponent in a racing game that follows a previously recorded route, allowing players to compete against previous best times.
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Ghost writer; ghost band; ghost singer.

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Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.

Not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea.

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(in names of species) White or pale.

Ghost slug; ghostberry; ghostflower; ghost crab; ghost bat.

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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.

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A red blood cell having no hemoglobin.
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A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
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(in names of species) Transparent or translucent.

Ghost ant; ghost catfish; ghost nipper; ghost nudibranch.

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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.
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Ghost town; ghost net; ghost ramp; ghost ship.

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A slight or faint trace.

Just a ghost of a smile.

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The tiniest bit.

Not a ghost of a chance.

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A nonexistent publication listed in bibliographies.
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A fictitious employee or business.
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A faint, shadowy semblance; inkling.
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A slight trace.

Not a ghost of a chance.

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(1) See ghosted.
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(Internet) An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.
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(computing) An image of a file or hard disk.
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(theater) An understudy.
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(espionage) A covert (deniable) agent.
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(intransitive) To ghostwrite.
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(computing) To copy a file or hard drive image.
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(Internet) To forcibly disconnect an IRC user who is using one's reserved nickname.
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Origin of ghost

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”).