• WordNet 3.6
    • adj phantom something apparently sensed but having no physical reality "seemed to hear faint phantom bells","the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb"
    • n phantom something existing in perception only "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
    • n phantom a ghostly appearing figure "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Phantom That which has only an apparent existence; an apparition; a specter; a phantasm; a sprite; an airy spirit; an ideal image. "Strange phantoms rising as the mists arise.""She was a phantom of delight."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phantom Appearance merely; illusion; unreality; fancy; delusion; deception; deceit.
    • n phantom A phantasm; a specter or apparition; an imagined vision; an optical illusion.
    • n phantom Same as manikin, 2. Synonyms Apparition, etc. See ghost.
    • phantom Apparent merely; illusive; spectral; ghostly: as, a phantom ship.
    • n phantom A phantom crystal.
    • n phantom A map or diagram of the magnetic field made by strewing iron filings upon a plate of glass-or other smooth surface and allowing them to arrange themselves along the lines of force.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phantom fan′tom a phantasm
    • adj Phantom illusive, spectral
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  • Michelangelo
    “The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”
  • Mikhail Bakunin
    Mikhail Bakunin
    “The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.”
  • Rene Daumal
    Rene Daumal
    “Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fantome, fantosme, fantesme, OF. fantôme, fr. L. phantasma, Gr. , fr. to show. See Fancy, and cf. Phaëton Phantasm Phase


In literature:

I am a phantom within a phantom.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
The phantom of Famine rose up before them, and their children wailed plaintively in the darkness.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906" by Various
He is a phantom, an impersonation.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
They looked like indistinct phantoms, covered with long draperies, hanging over the river.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
He would escort this phantom Woman through his favourite rooms, pointing out the treasures to her.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Immediately upon that there came the direful phantom, which she felt that she could not look upon and live.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
To me this sense of isolation of which you speak is merely a melancholy phantom.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
He drove his spurs into his horse, and the animal flew over the earth like a phantom steed.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
You are the phantom beauty.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
The spectre beckoned to him to continue to follow him; they entered the garden, where the phantom disappeared.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
Like so many phantoms, the men moved toward the further end of the settlement.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
It was thus he struggled to drive from his mind and from his eyes the phantom of the terrible deed.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
The emperors, kings and potentates all had commissions from these phantoms.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Was he indeed only a phantom lover?
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Afterward all had been darkness, a horrible groping amid a thousand broken memories, phantoms which had shrouded him.
"Futurist Stories" by Margery Verner Reed
I thought that the thing was a phantom or that I was asleep and dreaming.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
But ah, what error spreads its dreadful night, What phantoms hover o'er the lover's sight!
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Amid the rich light and deep shade they beheld their phantom selves.
"International Short Stories" by Various

In poetry:

But weaving with a steady hand
The shadows, whether false or true,
I put aside a doubt which asks
"Among these phantoms what are you?"
"Before The Mirror" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
"Here ends our quest!" the seekers cried,
"The brook and rumor both have lied!
The phantom of a waterfall
Has led us at its beck and call."
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet O, how hardly may
The wheels of singing stay
That whirl along
Bright paths whence echo raises
The phantom of your praises,
Child, my song!
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
He spake, and some young Zephyr stirred
The two ships touched: no sound was heard;
The Black Ship crumbled into air;
Only the Phantom Ship was there.
"The Ballad of Iskander" by James Elroy Flecker
Nay! wouldst thou vanish see
Thy darling phantoms,
Bring them then to me!
For my hard business--though so soft it seems--
Was ever dreams and dreams.
"The Broker Of Dreams" by Richard Le Gallienne
There, often — lone, forsaken —
Queries breed
Within me; whether a phantom
Had my heed
On that strange night, or was it some wrecked heart indeed?
"The Re-Enactment" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

1 selection in the 2006 NHL draft, seems like he's going to start the season with the AHL Phantoms.
Darth Vader burger arrives Jan 31 at the French fast-food chain Quick, barely a week ahead of the release of 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3D'.
A Horipro, Pony Canyon, Phantom Film Co. Wowow and Pony Canyon Enterprise production.
(International sales: Phantom Film, Tokyo.
How the phantom of 'socialized medicine' came to be.
Confined Space, Phantom, Cliff Walk, Gone Girl: Mini reviews.
You may remember how there was a phantom post on here a few months ago about how this blog won an award.
Harper Corporation of America's Phantom QD Draws Interest at FTA's 2012 Fall Conference and Tabletop Exhibit.
Fair Shares and Phantom Cuts.
Beth Dawes Gets Electro-Shock Therapy – Episode 13, 'The Phantom'.
Beware of luxury car scam involving phantom dealership .
There's a phantom artist on the loose.
GENESEE COUNTY, MI – The brightly-colored packages of fireworks at Phantom Fireworks in Flint Township come with names like Wolf Pack, Aerial Barrage, Pyrotry in Motion and Red, White and Boom.
Traveling salesman Dennis Weaver is pursued by a phantom Mack truck.
Edinburgh 's Phantom Book Artist Takes a Detour.

In science:

We examine cosmological models with generalized phantom energy (GPE).
Generalized phantom energy
Phantom energy is considered to be separate from other components of the universe and its energy-momentum tensor is conserved separately.
Generalized phantom energy
The supernegative nature of the equation of state of the phantom energy leads to the growing energy density of phantom energy ρd ∼ a−3(1+w) , for a constant parameter w.
Generalized phantom energy
The cosmological dynamics of the universe with such a phantom energy component possesses many interesting features .
Generalized phantom energy
The increasing negative pressure of phantom energy leads to the unbounding of all bound structures in the universe.
Generalized phantom energy
Detailed considerations of the Lagrangians describing phantom energy show that in some cases the universe with phantom energy ends in a “Big Rip”, while in others it asymptotically approaches the de Sitter expansion.
Generalized phantom energy
In this paper, we consider models with generalized phantom energy (GPE).
Generalized phantom energy
First, we set up a more general model of the evolution of the universe with phantom energy.
Generalized phantom energy
Next, we introduce the concept of generalized phantom energy (GPE).
Generalized phantom energy
The universe with generalized phantom energy with the constant parameter of the equation of state evolves to infinity in finite time.
Generalized phantom energy
Comparison with the case of the “standard” phantom energy [13, 14] shows that, for the same parameter of the equation of state κ(t), the scale factor follows the same evolution law.
Generalized phantom energy
However, from the equation (10), we readily see that for the case of constant G, we recover the equation of evolution for the “standard” phantom energy.
Generalized phantom energy
The scenario of the “Big Rip” is present in generalized phantom energy models as well.
Generalized phantom energy
Phantom energy is generalized in the sense that its equation of state does not determine its evolution with the scale factor a, i.e.
Generalized phantom energy
Effective Phantom Phase, and Holography, [hep-th/0502082 ].
Hint for Quintessence-like Scalars from Holographic Dark Energy