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1shadow

noun shad·ow \ˈsha-(ˌ)dō\

: a dark shape that appears on a surface when someone or something moves between the surface and a source of light

: an area of darkness created when a source of light is blocked

: a very small amount of something

Full Definition of SHADOW

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
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plural :  dark 1a
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:  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
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:  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
shad·ow·less \ˈsha-dō-ləs, -də-ləs\ adjective
shad·ow·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of SHADOW

  1. The tree cast a long shadow across the lawn.
  2. You can see your own shadow on a sunny day.
  3. Part of the valley was in shadow.
  4. He saw something moving in the shadows.
  5. I sensed a shadow of disappointment in his expression.

Origin of SHADOW

Middle English shadwe, from Old English sceaduw-, sceadu shade
First Known Use: before 12th century

2shadow

verb

: to cover (something) with a shadow

: to follow and watch (someone) especially in a secret way

: to follow and watch (someone who is doing a job) in order to learn how to do the job yourself

Full Definition of SHADOW

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
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a :  to follow especially secretly :  trail
b :  to accompany and observe especially in a professional setting
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archaic :  shade 5
intransitive verb
1
:  to pass gradually or by degrees
2
:  to become overcast with or as if with shadows
shad·ow·er \-dō-ər, -də-wər\ noun

Examples of SHADOW

  1. Police shadowed the suspect for several days.
  2. She spent the night shadowing other waiters at the restaurant.

First Known Use of SHADOW

before 12th century

Related to SHADOW

3shadow

adjective

—used to describe the members of the main opposition party in British politics who would be given important positions in the government if their party won a national election

Full Definition of SHADOW

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>

First Known Use of SHADOW

1906

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
SHADOW Defined for Kids

1shadow

noun shad·ow \ˈsha-dō\

Definition of SHADOW for Kids

1
:  the dark figure cast on a surface by a body that is between the surface and the light <My shadow stays with me.>
2
:  1shade 2 <The valley was in shadow.>
3
:  phantom
4
:  a very little bit :  trace <I believe his story beyond a shadow of doubt.>
5
:  something that causes a bad feeling <The news cast a shadow over the party.>
6
shadows plural :  darkness caused by the setting of the sun

2shadow

verb
shad·owedshad·ow·ing

Definition of SHADOW for Kids

1
:  to cast a shadow upon <Trees shadowed the ground.>
2
:  to follow and watch closely especially in a secret way
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