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phantom

[fan-tuhm]
noun
1.
an apparition or specter.
2.
an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a dream image, mirage, or optical illusion.
3.
a person or thing of merely illusory power, status, efficacy, etc.: the phantom of fear.
4.
an illustration, part of which is given a transparent effect so as to permit representation of details otherwise hidden from view, as the inner workings of a mechanical device.
adjective
5.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a phantom; illusory: a phantom sea serpent.
6.
Electricity. noting or pertaining to a phantom circuit.
7.
named, included, or recorded but nonexistent; fictitious: Payroll checks were made out and cashed for phantom employees.
Also, fantom.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English fantosme < Middle French, Old French < Latin phantasma phantasm

phantomlike, adjective


1, 2. See apparition. 5. imaginary.


5. real, material.
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phantom (ˈfæntəm)
 
n
1.  a.  an apparition or spectre
 b.  (as modifier): a phantom army marching through the sky
2.  the visible representation of something abstract, esp as appearing in a dream or hallucination: phantoms of evil haunted his sleep
3.  something apparently unpleasant or horrific that has no material form
4.  med another name for manikin
 
[C13: from Old French fantosme, from Latin phantasmaphantasm]

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phantom
c.1300, fantum "illusion, unreality," from O.Fr. fantesme (12c.), from V.L. *fantauma, from L. phantasma (see phantasm). The ph- restored in Eng. c.1590. Meaning "specter, spirit, ghost" is attested from 1382; that of "something having the form, but not the substance, of a real thing" is from 1707.
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phantom phan·tom or fan·tom (fān'təm)
n.

  1. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality.

  2. An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.

  3. A model, especially a transparent one, of the human body or of any of its parts.

adj.
  1. Resembling, characteristic of, or being a phantom; illusive.

  2. Fictitious; nonexistent.

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