Meaning of shadow
Pronunciation: (shad'ō), [key]
- a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.
- shade or comparative darkness, as in an area.
- darkness, esp. that coming after sunset.
- shelter; protection: sanctuary in the shadow of the church.
- a slight suggestion; trace: beyond the shadow of a doubt.
- a specter or ghost: pursued by shadows.
- a hint or faint, indistinct image or idea; intimation: shadows of things to come.
- a mere semblance: the shadow of power.
- a reflected image.
- (in painting, drawing, graphics, etc.) Rembrandt's figures often emerge gradually from the shadows.
- the representation of the absence of light on a form.
- the dark part of a picture, esp. as representing the absence of illumination:Rembrandt's figures often emerge gradually from the shadows.
- (in architectural shades and shadows) a dark figure or image cast by an object or part of an object upon a surface that would otherwise be illuminated by the theoretical light source. Cf.(def. 16).
- a period or instance of gloom, unhappiness, mistrust, doubt, dissension, or the like, as in friendship or one's life: Their relationship was not without shadows.
- a dominant or pervasive threat, influence, or atmosphere, esp. one causing gloom, fear, doubt, or the like: They lived under the shadow of war.
- an inseparable companion: The dog was his shadow.
- a person who follows another in order to keep watch upon that person, as a spy or detective.
- to overspread with shadow; shade.
- to cast a gloom over; cloud: The incident shadowed their meeting.
- to screen or protect from light, heat, etc.; shade.
- to follow (a person) about secretly, in order to keep watch over his movements.
- to represent faintly, prophetically, etc. (often fol. by forth).
- to shelter or protect.
- to shade in painting, drawing, etc.
- of or pertaining to a shadow cabinet.
- without official authority: a shadow government.
- shadow (Thesaurus)