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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Shade within defined limits; obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a plane and represtnting the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light; as the shadow of a man, of a tree or a tower. The shadow of the earth in in an eclipse of the moon is proof of its sphericity.
2. Darkness; shade; obscurity.
Night's sable shadows from the ocean rise. Denham.
3. Shelter made by any thing that intercepts the light, heat or influence of the air.
In secret shadow from the sunny ray,
On a sweet bed of lilies softly laid. Spenser.
4. Obscure place; secluded retreat.
To secret shadows I retire. [Obs.] Dryden.
5. Dark part of a picture. Obs. [In the last two senses, shade is now used.]
6. A spirit; a ghost. Obs. [In this sense, shade is now used.]
7. In painting, the representation of a real shadow.
8. An imperfect and faint representation; opposed to substance.
The law of having a shadow of good things to come. Hebrews 10.
9. Inseparable companion.
Sin and her shadow, death. Milton.
10. Type; mystical representaion.
Types and shadows of that destin'd seed. Milton.
11. Protection; shelter; favor.
12. Slight or faint appearance.
Shadow of death, terrible darkness, trouble or death.
SHAD'OW, v.t.
1. To overspread with obscurity.
The warlike elf much wonder'd at this tree
So fair and great, that shadow'd all the ground. Spenser. [Shade is more generally used.]
2. To cloud; to darken.
The shadow'd livery of the burning sun. Shak.
3. To make cool; to refresh by shade; or to shade.
Flowery fields and shadowed waters. Sidney.
4. To conceal; to hide; to screen.
Let every soldier hew him down a bough,
And bear't before him; thereby shall we shadow
The number of our host. [Unusual.] Shak.
5. To protect; to screen from danger; to shroud.
Shadowing their right under your wings of war. Shak.
6. To mark with slight gradations of color or light. [In this sense, shade is chiefly used.]
7. to paint in obscure colors; as void spaces deeply shadowed.
8. To represent faintly or imperfectly.
Augustus is shadowed in the person of AEneas. Dryden.
9. To represent typically. The healing power of the serpent shadoweth the efficacy of Christ's righteousness. [The two last senses are in use. In place of the others, shade is now more generally used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: shade within clear boundaries
2: an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness" [syn: darkness, dark, shadow]
3: something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight" [syn: apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, shadow]
4: a premonition of something adverse; "a shadow over his happiness"
5: an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension" [syn: trace, vestige, tincture, shadow]
6: refuge from danger or observation; "he felt secure in his father's shadow"
7: a dominating and pervasive presence; "he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"
8: a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements [syn: tail, shadow, shadower]
9: an inseparable companion; "the poor child was his mother's shadow" v
1: follow, usually without the person's knowledge; "The police are shadowing her"
2: cast a shadow over [syn: shadow, shade, shade off]
3: make appear small by comparison; "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year" [syn: shadow, overshadow, dwarf]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English shadwe, from Old English sceaduw-, sceadu shade Date: before 12th century 1. partial darkness or obscurity within a part of space from which rays from a source of light are cut off by an interposed opaque body 2. a reflected image 3. shelter from danger or observation 4. a. an imperfect and faint representation b. an imitation of something ; copy 5. the dark figure cast upon a surface by a body intercepting the rays from a source of light 6. phantom 7. plural dark 1a 8. a shaded or darker portion of a picture 9. an attenuated form or a vestigial remnant 10. a. an inseparable companion or follower b. one (as a spy or detective) that shadows 11. a small degree or portion ; trace 12. a source of gloom or unhappiness 13. a. an area near an object ; vicinity b. pervasive and dominant influence 14. a state of ignominy or obscurity shadowless adjective shadowlike adjective II. verb Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. archaic shelter, protect 2. to cast a shadow upon ; cloud 3. obsolete to shelter from the sun 4. obsolete conceal 5. to represent or indicate obscurely or faintly often used with forth or out 6. a. to follow especially secretly ; trail b. to accompany and observe especially in a professional setting 7. archaic shade 5 intransitive verb 1. to pass gradually or by degrees 2. to become overcast with or as if with shadows shadower noun III. adjective Date: 1906 1. of, relating to, or resembling a shadow cabinet <shadow minister of defense> 2. a. having an indistinct pattern <shadow plaid> b. having darker sections of design <shadow lace>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 shade or a patch of shade. 2 a dark figure projected by a body intercepting rays of light, often regarded as an appendage. 3 an inseparable attendant or companion. 4 a person secretly following another. 5 the slightest trace (not the shadow of a doubt). 6 a weak or insubstantial remnant or thing (a shadow of his former self). 7 (attrib.) Brit. denoting members of a political party in opposition holding responsibilities parallel to those of the government (shadow Home Secretary; shadow cabinet). 8 the shaded part of a picture. 9 a substance used to colour the eyelids. 10 gloom or sadness. --v.tr. 1 cast a shadow over. 2 secretly follow and watch the movements of. Phrases and idioms: shadow-boxing boxing against an imaginary opponent as a form of training. Derivatives: shadower n. shadowless adj. Etymology: repr. OE scead(u)we, oblique case of sceadu SHADE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shadow Shad"ow (sh[a^]d"[-o]), n. [Originally the same word as shade. [root]162. See Shade.] 1. Shade within defined limits; obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a surface, and representing the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light; as, the shadow of a man, of a tree, or of a tower. See the Note under Shade, n., 1. 2. Darkness; shade; obscurity. Night's sable shadows from the ocean rise. --Denham. 3. A shaded place; shelter; protection; security. In secret shadow from the sunny ray, On a sweet bed of lilies softly laid. --Spenser. 4. A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water. --Shak. 5. That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower. Sin and her shadow Death. --Milton. 6. A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom. ``Hence, horrible shadow!'' --Shak. 7. An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type. The law having a shadow of good things to come. --Heb. x. 1. [Types] and shadows of that destined seed. --Milton. 8. A small degree; a shade. ``No variableness, neither shadow of turning.'' --James i. 17. 9. An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited. [A Latinism] --Nares. I must not have my board pastered with shadows That under other men's protection break in Without invitement. --Massinger. Shadow of death, darkness or gloom like that caused by the presence or the impending of death. --Ps. xxiii. 4.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Shadow Shad"ow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shadowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Shadowing.] [OE. shadowen, AS. sceadwian. See adow, n.] 1. To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity. The warlike elf much wondered at this tree, So fair and great, that shadowed all the ground. --Spenser. 2. To conceal; to hide; to screen. [R.] Let every soldier hew him down a bough. And bear't before him; thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host. --Shak. 3. To protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud. Shadowing their right under your wings of war. --Shak. 4. To mark with gradations of light or color; to shade. 5. To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically. Augustus is shadowed in the person of [AE]neas. --Dryden. 6. To cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over. The shadowed livery of the burnished sun. --Shak. Why sad? I must not see the face O love thus shadowed. --Beau. & Fl. 7. To attend as closely as a shadow; to follow and watch closely, especially in a secret or unobserved manner; as, a detective shadows a criminal.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(shadows, shadowing, shadowed) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A shadow is a dark shape on a surface that is made when something stands between a light and the surface. An oak tree cast its shadow over a tiny round pool... Nothing would grow in the shadow of the grey wall... All he could see was his shadow. N-COUNT 2. Shadow is darkness in a place caused by something preventing light from reaching it. Most of the lake was in shadow. = shade N-UNCOUNT: oft in N 3. If something shadows a thing or place, it covers it with a shadow. The hood shadowed her face. VERB: V n 4. If someone shadows you, they follow you very closely wherever you go. The supporters are being shadowed by a large and highly visible body of police. = follow VERB: V n 5. A British Member of Parliament who is a member of the shadow cabinet or who is a shadow cabinet minister belongs to the main opposition party and takes a special interest in matters which are the responsibility of a particular government minister. ...the shadow chancellor. ADJ: ADJ n Shadow is also a noun. Clarke swung at his shadow the accusation that he was 'a tabloid politician'. N-COUNT: poss N 6. If you say that something is true without a shadow of a doubt or without a shadow of doubt, you are emphasizing that there is no doubt at all that it is true. It was without a shadow of a doubt the best we've played. PHRASE: usu with brd-neg [emphasis] 7. If you live in the shadow of someone or in their shadow, their achievements and abilities are so great that you are not noticed or valued. He has always lived in the shadow of his brother. PHRASE: N inflects 8. If you say that someone is a shadow of their former self, you mean that they are much less strong or capable than they used to be. Johnson returned to the track after his ban but was a shadow of his former self. PHRASE: Ns inflect

Easton's Bible Dictionary

used in Col. 2:17; Heb. 8:5; 10:1 to denote the typical relation of the Jewish to the Christian dispensation.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Shade, umbrage. 2. Darkness, obscurity, gloom, shade. 3. Shelter, cover, protection, security. 4. Image, adumbration, representation, prefiguration, foreshowing. 5. Spirit, ghost, shade, phantom. 6. Image, portrait, reflection. II. v. a. 1. Shade. 2. Darken, obscure, cloud. 3. Typify, adumbrate, body forth. 4. Protect, shroud, screen, cover, conceal, hide. 5. Typify, symbolize.

Moby Thesaurus

Masan, adherent, adumbrate, adumbration, afterglow, afterimage, air, airy nothing, alter ego, amount, anima, anima humana, apparition, appearance, appendage, apply paint, arrangement, astral, astral spirit, atman, atmosphere, attendant, augury, auspicate, auspice, awning, ba, balance, banshee, barebones, beach umbrella, bean pole, beanstalk, becloud, bedarken, bedaub, bedim, bedizen, bedog, befog, begild, begloom, bemist, besmear, besmirch, betokening, betokenment, black, black out, blacken, blackwash, blight, blind, block the light, blot, blot out, blotch, body forth, bosom buddy, breath, breath of life, broomstick, brown, brush on paint, brushwork, bubble, buddhi, buff, butt, butt end, calcimine, caliber, candle ends, cast, cast a shadow, cavaliere servente, chaff, charcoal, chase, chum, clabber up, clothes pole, cloud, cloud over, cloud up, coat, color, come after, come behind, companion, compass, complexion, complicate, composition, comrade, concealment, control, copy, cork, corpse, couch, courtier, cover, covering, creep, crony, curse, curtain, cut, dab, dangler, dark shade, darken, darken over, darkness, dash, daub, dead ringer, debris, deep-dye, defense, degree, demonstrate, denigrate, departed spirit, dependent, design, detritus, dim, dim out, dimness, dinge, dip, disciple, disembodied spirit, distemper, divine breath, dog, double, double-dye, draftsmanship, drape, drapery, duplicate, duppy, dusk, dybbuk, dye, ebonize, echo, eclipse, effigy, ego, eidolon, emblazon, embody, enamel, encloud, encompass with shadow, end, engild, enmist, ether, exact likeness, exemplify, extent, eye, face, fag end, fan, fantasy, fast-dye, fellow, figure, filings, flunky, fog, follow, follow a clue, follow up, follower, following, foreshadow, foreshadowing, foreshow, foreshowing, foretoken, foretokening, form, fossil, fresco, garble, ghost, gild, glaze, gleam, gloom, gloss, go after, go behind, grade, grain, grateful dead, grouping, gruel, guard, guide, gumshoe, hanger-on, hant, haunt, have a hunch, have an intimation, haze, heart, heel, heeler, height, henchman, hint, holdover, homme de cour, hound, hue, hunt down, husks, icon, idea, idol, idolum, illuminate, illusion, illustrate, image, imbue, immateriality, impersonate, incarnate, incorporeal, incorporeal being, incorporeity, indicant, indication, ingrain, ink, inner man, interval, intimation, japan, jiva, jivatma, jumble, khu, lacquer, lanky, larva, lath, lay on color, lay wait, leap, leavings, lee, leftovers, lemures, level, lick, lie in wait, light shield, likeness, line, living image, living picture, look, lurk, make unintelligible, man, manes, mark, match, mate, materialization, measure, melanize, memento, mere shadow, mind, miniature, mirror, mirroring, mist, model, move behind, murk, mystify, nephesh, nightwalk, nigrify, nose, nose out, notch, nuance, nubilate, obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, obscurity, obumbrate, occult, occultate, odds and ends, offscourings, omen, oni, orts, outline, overcast, overcloud, overshadow, oversmoke, paint, painterliness, paper, parasite, parasol, parget, parings, partisan, pas, peg, penumbra, period, personate, personify, perspective, phantasm, phantasma, phantasmagoria, phantom, photograph, picture, pigment, pitch, plane, plateau, pneuma, point, poltergeist, portent, portrait, predict, prefiguration, prefigure, preindication, premonitory shiver, premonitory sign, premonitory symptom, presage, presence, preservation, presignifying, pretypify, prime, prognostic, prognostication, project, promise, proportion, protection, protective custody, prowl, psyche, public, pursue, pursuer, pursuivant, purusha, pussyfoot, rags, rail, rake, range, ratio, rattlebones, reach, realize, reflect, reflection, reflex, refuge, refuse, relic, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, remove, resemblance, residue, residuum, rest, retainer, revenant, roach, round, ruach, rubbing, rubbish, ruins, rump, run down, run to earth, rung, safekeeping, safety, satellite, sawdust, scale, scintilla, scope, scourings, scramble, scraps, screen, sectary, semblance, servant, shade, shaded, shader, shadiness, shading, shadow forth, shadows numberless, shadowy, shady, shape, shaving, shavings, shellac, shelter, shield, shrouded spirit, sidekick, sign, silhouette, similitude, simulacrum, sip, skeleton, skiagram, skiagraph, skulk, slat, slim, slink, slip, slop on paint, smack, smattering, smear, smell, smell out, smirch, smog, smoke, smudge, smut, smutch, sneak, sniff out, somber, soot, soothsay, soul, soup, soupcon, space, spark, specter, spectral ghost, spindlelegs, spindleshanks, spirit, spiritual being, spiritus, spit and image, spitting image, splinter, spook, sprinkling, sprite, stack of bones, stain, stair, stalk, standard, steal, step, stilt, stint, stipple, stooge, straw, streak, string along, stubble, stump, successor, suggestion, sunblind, sunshade, sup, supporter, survival, suspicion, sweepings, tag, tag after, tag along, tagtail, tail, tailgate, taste, technique, the self, theophany, thin air, thought, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tiptoe, token, tokening, tone, touch, trace, trace down, tracing, track, track down, trail, trail after, trainbearer, tread, tread close upon, treatment, twiggy, twin, type, umbra, umbrage, umbrageousness, umbrella, undercoat, unsubstantiality, values, vapor, varnish, veil, vein, very image, very picture, vestige, vision, votary, wafer, waking dream, walking dead man, wandering soul, ward heeler, wash, waste, watchful eye, whitewash, wildest dream, wraith, zombie

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