shadow meaning

[ 'ʃædəu ] Pronunciation:   "shadow" in a sentence
  • Noun: shadow  shadow
    1. Shade within clear boundaries 
    2. An unilluminated area
      - darkness, dark 
    3. Something existing in perception only
      - apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm 
    4. A premonition of something adverse
      "a shadow over his happiness" 
    5. An indication that something has been present
      - trace, vestige, tincture 
    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
      - tail, shadower 
    9. An inseparable companion
      "the poor child was his mother's shadow"
    Verb: shadow  shadow
    1. Follow, usually without the person's knowledge
      "The police are shadowing her" 
    2. Cast a shadow over
      - shade, shade off 
    3. Make appear small by comparison
      - overshadow, dwarf

    Derived forms: shadows, shadowed, shadowing

    See also: shadowing, shadowy

    Type of: boding, command, darken, dominate, follow, follower, foreboding, illusion, indicant, indication, overlook, overtop, premonition, presence, presentiment, recourse, refuge, resort, scene, semblance, shade, shadiness, shadowiness, spy

    Encyclopedia: Shadow

  • [Business]
    AmE / verb [+ obj]

    1 (HR )

    to be with sb who is doing a particular job, so that you can learn about it:

    New employees shadow other members of the department as part of their training.


    to behave, move, etc. in the same way as sb/sth else:

    The company's success has shadowed the rise in popularity of the Internet.

  • [Finance]
    A small line found on a candle in a candlestick chart that is used to indicate where the price of a stock has fluctuated relative to the opening and closing prices. Essentially, these shadows illustrate the highest and lowest prices at which a security has traded over a specific time period.

  • [Medicine]
    a : 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
    b : a dark outline or image on an X-ray photograph where the X rays have been blocked by a radiopaque mass (as a tumor)
    2 : a colorless or scantily pigmented or stained body (as a degenerate cell or empty membrane) only faintly visible under the microscope
    vt : to perform shadow-casting on ‹freeze-dried and shadowed myosin molecules›

  • [Computer]
    <language> A syntax-directed compiler written by Barnett and Futrelle in 1962. It was the predecessor to SNOBOL(?)


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  1. the house lies under the shadow of the castle.
  2. he is afraid of his own shadow.
  3. the lookouts were silent shadows.
  4. the shadow of the obelisk spanned the terrance.
  5. coming events cast their shadows before.

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