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phantom

noun phan·tom \ ˈfan-təm \

Definition of phantom

1 a :something apparent to sense but with no substantial existence :apparition
b :something elusive or visionary
c :an object of continual dread or abhorrence
  • the phantom of disease and want
2 :something existing in appearance only
3 :a representation of something abstract, ideal, or incorporeal
  • she was a phantom of delight
  • —William Wordsworth

phantomlike

play \ˈfan-təm-ˌlīk\ adverb or adjective

Examples of phantom in a Sentence

  1. The book is about the phantoms that are said to haunt the nation's cemeteries.

  2. The crisis is merely a phantom made up by the media.

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Origin and Etymology of phantom

Middle English fantosme, fantome, from Anglo-French fantosme phantasm


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phantom

adjective

Definition of phantom

1 :of the nature of, suggesting, or being a phantom :illusory
2 :fictitious, dummy
  • phantom voters

Examples of phantom in a Sentence

  1. People claim to have seen a phantom ship floating on the lake.

  2. A number of ballots from phantom voters had to be thrown out.

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First Known Use of phantom

15th century



PHANTOM Defined for English Language Learners

phantom

noun

Definition of phantom for English Language Learners

  • : the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people

  • : something that is not real and exists only in a person's mind

  • : something that is hard to see or achieve


phantom

adjective

Definition of phantom for English Language Learners

  • : coming from or associated with the world of ghosts

  • : not real or true or not based on something real or true

  • : not real but felt or experienced as something real


PHANTOM Defined for Kids

phantom

noun phan·tom \ ˈfan-təm \

Definition of phantom for Students

:an image or figure that can be sensed (as with the eyes or ears) but that is not real

Medical Dictionary

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phantom

noun phan·tom
variants: also fantom play \ˈfant-əm\

medical Definition of phantom

1 :a model of the body or one of its parts
2 :a body of material resembling a body or bodily part in mass, composition, and dimensions and used to measure absorption of radiations

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phantom

adjective
variants: also fantom

medical Definition of phantom

:not caused by an anatomical lesion
  • phantom respiratory disorders


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