• WordNet 3.6
    • n spectre a mental representation of some haunting experience "he looked like he had seen a ghost","it aroused specters from his past"
    • n spectre a ghostly appearing figure "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spectre (Zoöl) A stick insect.
    • n Spectre See Specter.
    • Spectre Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost; a phantom. "The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend,
      With bold fanatic specters to rejoice."
    • Spectre (Zoöl) The tarsius.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spectre See specter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spectre spek′tėr a ghost
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. spectre, fr. L. spectrum, an appearance, image, specter, fr. specere, to look. See Spy, and cf. Spectrum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spectrum, a vision—specĕre, to see.


In literature:

The report of the gun was the signal for the riflemen under Lieutenant Willard to charge, and all gave chase to the spectre.
"Sustained honor" by John R. Musick,
Supposing anything of a man to live after death, must it not resemble a spectre?
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
The Scotch Bodach Glay or "grey spectre" is a similar spirit.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Famous as is that spectre, nobody knows what it was, nor even whether there was any spectre at all.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
It seems to me, Nigel, that you and I are going to see in reality that spectre which terrified the world twenty years ago.
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Boleyn's (Sir Edward), spectre, 408.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
What a spectre I've harbored thus!
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He rose like a spectre with a white scowl.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
Here is an extract from Lewis's "Castle Spectre," including certain stage directions, by no means the least important part of the play.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
I have been haunted by spectres all the night, five thousand times worse than a voyage to Australia.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
After this the poor spectre left for the West.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
The spectre came back, a week ago.
"Little Classics, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Various
But the stone still continued to bleed, nor did its removal in any way intimidate the spectre.
"Strange Pages from Family Papers" by T. F. Thiselton Dyer
It is difficult for a young, strong man in the pride of his life never to have any dealing either with love or with its spectre.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
They considered it the spectre of the lost ship; and the Rev.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
I had resolved to speak to the spectre in the appointed form of words, but I did not.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
Round about Leeds the spectre dog is called "Padfoot," and is about the size of a donkey, with shaggy hair and large eyes like saucers.
"Animal Ghosts" by Elliott O'Donnell
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I am a low-caste spirit-subduing spectre.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
The spectre moved steadily on, while the people fled.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau

In poetry:

Spectre, whose radiant eyes
Destroy all life in me,
Let me immortalize
My strange captivity
"Strange Captivity" by Marya Zaturenska
For Horror sprang from her blood,
A Spectre of Death!
It drew them thro the wood--
Where a Chapel saith
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
A statue for his tomb!
Mould it of marble white!
For Wrong, a spectre of death and doom;
An angel of hope for Right.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
What shall I your true-love tell,
Earth-forsaking maid?
What shall I your true-love tell,
When life's spectre's laid?
"Messages" by Francis Thompson
I turn away from her, and write
For minutes three or four:
A tiny spectre, tall and white,
She's standing by the door!
"Little Elfie" by George MacDonald
And if perchance some fleeting memories steal,
Like far-off echoes to my dreaming ear,
Away, ungrasped, the cheating visions wheel,
As spectres start upon the wing of fear.
"The Old Oak" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

Even though the spectre of secession is an unwelcome distraction, Spain still needs to change.
Anything harsher than that would probably raise the spectre of the Tinker case and land the district in hot water.
Niebank Mike Watt and the Missingmen with Feel Spectres and Lizard Police 8 pm Tuesday The Conservatory, 8911 N Western ConservatoryOKC.com, 607-4805 $10.
HP Unveils ENVY 14 Spectre 'Premium Consumer' Ultrabook.
LAS VEGAS—HP says its goal for the Envy 14 Spectre was to stand out from the crowd of ultrabooks unveiled at this year's CES.
In the driver's seat for the Spectre 341 Challenge.
Gillibrand Raises On Spectre Of GOP Takeover.
Esperanza's fight for arts funding downed spectre of political favoritism.
Terra cotta spectre of christ.
Yesterday's announcements also bring into focus the spectre that many companies will soon have to decide which products to substitute and when.
A new trailer has appeared on HP's YouTube page, teasing thin and light laptop enthusiasts with a second video of its Spectre ultrabook.
Terra cotta spectre of christ.
R/V Tiburon added a custom built Spectre ROV capable of working depths of up to 600m.
Months of appeals to the international community for help fell on deaf ears, leaving Niger facing the all too familiar spectre of a major hunger crisis.
Two lower shore counties were on opposite ends of the spectr READ.

In science:

Souillard, Sur le spectre des op´erateurs aux diff´erences finies al´eatoires.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
Souillard, Sur le spectre des op´erateurs aux diff´erences finies al´eatoires, Commun.
Localization for random block operators
Liu, “Cognitive spectr um access control based on intrinsic primary ARQ information,” in IEEE ICC, May 2010. S.
Optimal Random Access and Random Spectrum Sensing for an Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radio
Grivaux: Hypercyclicit´e: le rˆole du spectre ponctuel unimodulaire. C. R.
Frequent hypercyclicity of random entire functions for the differentiation operator
Souillard, “Sur le spectre des op´erateurs aux diff´erences finies al´eatoires,” Comm.
Constructive Fractional-Moment Criteria for Localization in Random Operators
Furthermore, other ideas about quantum gravity have raised the spectre of a small violation of energy-momentum conservation for particles traveling in the vacuum(c.f [20, 21, 22]), so exploring how this changes LV experiments is required if we are to analyze the experiments properly.
Causal sets and conservation laws in tests of Lorentz symmetry
Finally, we obtain realistic X –ray luminosities and spectr oscopic temperatures for each simulated halo, as described in .
Simulations of AGN feedback in galaxy clusters and groups
Prinzis R., Traces r´esiduelles et asymptotique du spectre d’op´erateurs pseduo-dif f´erentiels, Ph.D.
Measure Theory in Noncommutative Spaces
Fortunately, a significantly simple approach, i.e., spectr al joint-measurements of the qubits [39, 40], can be utilized to high-effectively implement the desired con firmation.
Testing tripartite Mermin inequalities by spectral joint-measurements of qubits
SPECTRE (Fitzpatrick & Sneden 1987), effectively treating the feature as continuum.
A Comparison of Copper Abundances in Globular Cluster and Halo Field Giant Stars
Prinzis, Traces Residuelles et Asymptotique du Spectre d’Operateurs PseudoDifferentiels Th`ese, Universit´e de Lyon, unpublished.
The Hochschild Class of the Chern Character For Semifinite Spectral Triples
Iftimie, Op´erateurs diff´erentiels magn´etiques: Stabilit´e des trous dans le spectre, invariance du spectre essentiel et applications, Comm.
The essential spectrum of Schrodinger, Jacobi, and CMV operators
Th e spatial distribution of this emission – as seen in the spectr a – is essentially identical to that of the stronger emission lines (e.g. – see Figure 8).
HST and spectroscopic observations of the L1551 IRS5 jets (HH154)
For the first time, spectr a for groups of elements could be derived in the knee region.
Galactic cosmic rays and the knee - Results from the KASCADE experiment
P. B´erard, Spectres et Groupes Cristallographiques, C. R.
Explicit inversion formulas for the spherical mean Radon transform