The tree cast a long shadow across the lawn.
You can see your own shadow on a sunny day.
Part of the valley was in shadow.
He saw something moving in the shadows.
I sensed a shadow of disappointment in his expression. Verb
Police shadowed the suspect for several days.
She spent the night shadowing other waiters at the restaurant. See More
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Advertisement But the hometown team Real grew up with is a shadow of its former self.—Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The mandatory hijab drained a once-colorful capital of its vibrant hues, casting half of the population into shadow.—Roya Hakakian, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2023 In the annals of American time, the November 22nd that happened sixty years ago today still casts a very long shadow.—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2023 The United States did know that, despite the promise of de-escalation, the shadow war between Iran and Israel continued to simmer.—Maria Fantappie and Vali Nasr, Foreign Affairs, 20 Nov. 2023 The details on shadow draw calls stuck out in particular.—Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2023 The romance between Rustin and the preacher exists in the shadows — under the dim lights of a nearby bar or behind the blinds in Rustin’s home.—Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2023 This includes a muted yellow and purple-toned glitter shadow and neutral lip gloss– like at her Biker Boys premiere in 2003.—India Espy-Jones, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 Since contour products are meant to deepen the hollows of your facial structure and emulate shadows, these products will typically not have shimmery finishes, as those tend to throw light rather than absorb it (like a shadow).—Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023
After being shadowed by the Chinese vessels for days, the Rafael Peralta and the Ottawa sailed through the Taiwan Strait mostly unhindered.—Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2023 The three oldest working generations most prefer real-life or experiential learning—six out of 10 baby boomers prefer on-the-job training or shadowing over short-form content.—Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2023 Her Mollie is almost a land unto herself, shadowed by passing, shape-shifting clouds.—Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 And the circumstances of the book’s release, which was shadowed by rumors of hasty last-minute rewrites and copies not being made available to reviewers until the publication date, added to conjecture.—Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2023 Faustus used his own expert knowledge of optics, light, and shadow to project large-scale images of Greeks and Trojans on a sheet, which a
confederate shook so that the figures
seemed to move.—Anthony Grafton, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 The justices will revisit issues like gun rights, government power, race and free speech even as they are shadowed by intense scrutiny of their conduct off the bench.—Abbie Vansickle, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2023 Some provinces in China fund medical ships to shadow distant-water fishing fleets based in their ports.—Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Meantime, Russia scrambled a MiG-31 fighter jet to shadow a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane approaching Russian airspace over the Norwegian Sea, Russia's Ministry of Defense said.—Hanna Arhirova The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 7 Oct. 2023
The pre-shadow phase of the retrograde starts in motion the things that will affect us during the retrograde, so this is when the drama first manifests.—Lisa Stardust, Glamour, 3 June 2022 The sooner, the better, as this transit has a pre-shadow period starting before the retrograde itself hits.—Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2021 The sooner, the better as this transit has a pre-shadow period starting before the retrograde itself hits.—Meghan Ros, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2021 See More
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Middle English shadwe, from Old English sceaduw-, sceadu shade
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2