Phantom definition

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Believed to be real even though illusory.

A phantom pregnancy.

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An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.

Phantoms of a disturbed mind.

noun
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Phantom is a ghost or something that seems to appear but that doesn't actually exist.

A ghost that haunts your house is an example of a phantom.

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Being a phantom limb.

A phantom arm.

adjective
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Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition; something elusive or delusive.
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Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition.
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Fictitious or nonexistent, often when intended to deceive.

Phantom employees on the payroll; deposits in a phantom bank account.

adjective
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Any mental image or representation.

The phantoms of things past.

noun
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Of, like, or constituting a phantom; not really existing; illusory.
adjective
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The definition of a phantom is something that seems real but does not exist.

An example of a phantom is a phantom pain in an amputated leg.

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adjective
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(medicine) A model of a human body or body part.
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Something that exists only in the mind; illusion.
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(medicine) A model of a human body or body part.
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An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.
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Phantom limb.

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Nickname of the F-4B jet fighter flown by Marines in Vietnam.
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The comic The Phantom, and the character in it by the same name.
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Something feared or dreaded.
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A person or thing that is something in appearance but not in fact.

A phantom of a leader.

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Believed to be real even though illusory.

A phantom pregnancy.

adjective
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Being a phantom limb.

A phantom arm.

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Resembling, characteristic of, or being a phantom.

Tales of a phantom ship haunting the bay.

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Something that seems to appear to the sight but has no physical existence; apparition; vision; specter.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
phantom
Plural:
phantoms

Origin of phantom

  • Middle English fantom from Old French fantosme probably from Vulgar Latin phantauma from Greek dialectal phantagma from Greek phantasma phantasm

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English fantom, fantum, from Old French fantosme, from Latin phantasma, from Ancient Greek φάντασμα (phantasma).

    From Wiktionary