• WordNet 3.6
    • v ghost write for someone else "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"
    • v ghost haunt like a ghost; pursue "Fear of illness haunts her"
    • v ghost move like a ghost "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"
    • n ghost a mental representation of some haunting experience "he looked like he had seen a ghost","it aroused specters from his past"
    • n ghost a suggestion of some quality "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone","he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
    • n ghost the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
    • n ghost a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Ghostly Ally of Disaster The Ghostly Ally of Disaster
A woman prays; ghostly figures stand in the background A woman prays; ghostly figures stand in the background
A substantial lifelike ghost leaning over her A substantial lifelike ghost leaning over her
Jane is surrounded by imaginary ghosts and monsters Jane is surrounded by imaginary ghosts and monsters
A ghostly face stares out of a plain window A ghostly face stares out of a plain window

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ghosts appear in 4 Shakespearian plays; Julius Caesar, Richard III, Hamlet and Macbeth.
    • Ghost A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses. "And he gave up the ghost full softly.""Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost , and was gathered unto his people"
    • Ghost Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea. "Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor."
    • Ghost The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter. "The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose.""I thought that I had died in sleep,
      And was a blessed ghost ."
    • Ghost The spirit; the soul of man. "Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament."
    • v. t Ghost To appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition.
    • v. i Ghost To die; to expire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the movie Ghost (Patrick and Demi) when Demi is making something on the pottery wheel her hands are covered in clay. But when her husband comes up behind her to give her a kiss she turns around and they are completely clean.
    • n ghost Breath; spirit; specifically, the breath; the spirit; the soul of man.
    • n ghost The soul of a dead person; the soul or spirit separate from the body; more especially, a disembodied spirit imagined as wandering among or haunting living persons; a human specter or apparition.
    • n ghost A spirit; a demon.
    • n ghost A spirit in general; an unearthly specter or apparition.
    • n ghost A dead body.
    • n ghost A mere shadow or semblance.
    • n ghost In optics, a spot of light or secondary image caused by a defect of the instrument, generally by reflections from the lenses.
    • n ghost Specifically In photography, a glint of light cast by the lens on the focusing-glass or on the plate during exposure, in the latter case producing a more or less defined opaque spot. It results usually from the presence of a too strongly illuminated surface or object in or near the field of the lens. Also called flare.
    • n ghost An order founded at Montpellier, France, about the end of the twelfth century, and united to the Order of St. Lazarus by Pope Clement XIII.
    • n ghost A Neapolitan order. See Order of the Knot, under knot
    • n ghost Synonyms Ghost, Shade, Apparition, Specter, Phantom, Phantasm. Ghost is the old word for the disembodied spirit, especially as appearing to man: as, the ghost of Hamlet's father; the ghost of Banquo. Shade is a soft and poetic word for ghost: as, the shade of Creüsa appeared to Æneas. An apparition is a ghost as appearing to sight, perhaps suddenly or unexpectedly; it may also be a fancied appearance, while a ghost is supposed to be real: as, Jupiter made a cloud into an apparition of Juno; Macbeth saw an apparition of a dagger; the witches showed him an apparition of a crowned child. A specter is an alarming or horrifying preternatural personal appearance, having less individuality, perhaps, than a ghost or shade, but more than an apparition necessarily has. A phantom has an apparent, not a real, existence; it differs from a phantasm in emphasizing the unreality simply and in representing a single object, while phantasm emphasizes the deception put upon the mind, and may include more than one object.
    • ghost To appear to in the form of a ghost; haunt as a spirit or specter.
    • ghost To give up the ghost; die; expire.
    • n ghost One who does literary, legal, or artistic work for another, who gets all the credit; one who ‘devils’ for another.
    • n ghost A false line in a diffraction-spectrum caused by certain periodic irregularities in the ruling of the grating which produces the spectrum. Ghosts usually occur in pairs accompanying a conspicuous line on each side of it and near it. See grating.
    • n ghost A red blood-corpuscle from which the red coloring-matter or hemoglobin has escaped.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 10% of us claim to have seen a ghost.
    • n Ghost gōst the soul of man: a spirit appearing after death: :
    • v.i Ghost to appear to
    • n Ghost gōst (Shak.) a dead body
    • n Ghost gōst (slang) one who writes a statesman's speeches for him, &c
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  • Le Monde
    Le Monde
    “America and its demons, Europe and its ghost.”
  • Frederic Chopin
    Frederic Chopin
    “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.”
  • Anthony Burgess
    “All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.”


Ghost of a chance - If something or someone hasn't got a ghost of a chance, they have no hope whatsoever of succeeding.
Ghost town - A ghost town is a town that has been abandoned or is in decline and has very little activity.
Ghostly presence - You can feel or otherwise sense a ghostly presence, but you cannot do it clearly only vaguely.
Give up the ghost - People give up the ghost when they die. Machines stop working when they give up the ghost.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. gāst, breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. gēst, spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gást; Ger. geist.


In literature:

But the tall ghost jumped around in front of her and patted her other cheek, the while he gave a cackling, rattling, ghostly chuckle.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
Ghost or no, that was safe!
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
If she knew there was a ghost about the house she would probably leave the place instantly.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 2" by Various
The next night there was no ghost.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
The Sioux Ghost Dancers wore Ghost shirts, of white muslin.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
For from the time when that ghostly face appeared in the house my misery began; till then I was happy and beloved.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Are you afraid of ghosts?
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
I haven't the ghost of an idea about this ghost.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Besides, I want a peep at Sam's 'ha'nted house' and a drink of water from the ghost's well.
"Madge Morton's Trust" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
Ghosts are always ghosts, and my Lady Dashwood has never been the same since that night, never!
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie

In poetry:

A pensive photograph
Watches me from the shelf--
Ghost of old love, and half
Ghost of myself!
"To A Portrait" by Arthur Symons
The murmur of the mourning ghost
That keeps the shadowy kine,
'O Keith of Ravelston,
The sorrows of thy line!'
"Keith Of Ravelston" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
The murmur of the mourning ghost
That keeps the shadowy kine,
'Oh, Keith of Ravelston,
The sorrows of thy line!'
"A Nuptial Eve" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
At night he holds his revels
Just as a king might do–
But the ghostly mirth is silent,
The harp-song silent too!
"The King of Ireland's Cairn" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Therefore, I humble, join the hosts,
Loyal and loud, who bow
To thee as Queen of Song—and ghosts,
For I remember how
"A Recantation" by Rudyard Kipling
Father and Son and Holy Ghost!
Thou glorious Three in One!
Thou knowest best what I need most,
And let Thy will be done.
"Thy Will Be Done." by George Pope Morris

In news:

Once occupied by busting ghosts, Bill Murray is now bringing history to life.
Rambling through Bay View's Hide House practice space, the presence of ghosts strikes you.
Exorcism thriller 'The Devil Inside' had a $34.5 million opening this weekend, strong enough to bump 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol' out of first place after two weeks at the top.
At the Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe haunted house, the ghosts may be real.
In animated family films like ParaNorman, ghosts are more likely to cause laughter than shivers.
"Ghost driver" Servia has made a habit of appearing up front lately (LAT photo).
Steve Goes on a Ghost Adventure in National City.
Ghosts and goblins of all ages will converge on Galena , Illinois for the 34th annual Halloween Parade & Festival.
'Creed,' 'Splinter Cell,' 'Ghost Recon' on filming slate.
NEWPORT–On a rain soaked field, North Country played host to the Division III Galloping Ghosts of Randolph Union High on Wednesday.
Galloping Ghosts to the rescue By Margaret Gibbons Staff writer
Those voices of the past you hear are coming from the Galloping Ghost arcade.
Galloping Ghost scared opponents By Larry Schwartz Special to
Galloping Ghost scared opponents By Larry Schwartz Special to In sport's Golden Age, he was football's golden boy.
Red Grange was the name, though he was commonly known as The Galloping Ghost.

In science:

P ) and (ηa , Pb ) are the ghost pairs associated with H± and Ha respectivelly.
A note on topological brane theories
YI where e−φ comes from the β γ -ghost sector.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
This is the domain of validity chiral Random Matrix Theory. A formal proof of this statement [12,13,4,5] requires the introduction of additional ghost quarks with spectral mass z equal to the argument of the resolvent of the Dirac operator.
Randomness on the Lattice
This is the ghost operator in quantum gravity (in a particular gauge).
Quantum propagators in a random metric
To this purpose it is sufficient to compare the ratio of the renormalization constants of gluon propagator, Z3 , and the three gluon vertex, Z1 , with the ratio of ghost propagator, ˜Z3 , and ghost-ghost-gluon vertex, ˜Z1 .
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories