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Definition of Shadow


  1. Shade within defined limits; obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a surface, and representing the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light; as, the shadow of a man, of a tree, or of a tower. See the Note under Shade, n., 1.
  2. Darkness; shade; obscurity.
  3. A shaded place; shelter; protection; security.
  4. A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water.
  5. That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower.
  6. A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom.
  7. An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type.
  8. A small degree; a shade.
  9. An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited.
  10. To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity.
  11. To conceal; to hide; to screen.
  12. To protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud.
  13. To mark with gradations of light or color; to shade.
  14. To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically.
  15. To cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over.
  16. To attend as closely as a shadow; to follow and watch closely, especially in a secret or unobserved manner; as, a detective shadows a criminal.

Shadow Quotations

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. - Helen Keller
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Helen Keller

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Samuel Smiles
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Shadow Translations

shadow in Afrikaans is skadu
shadow in Danish is skygge
shadow in Dutch is schaduwen
shadow in Finnish is varjo
shadow in French is ombre
shadow in German is Schatten, beschatte, Schatten
shadow in Latin is umbra
shadow in Norwegian is skygge
shadow in Portuguese is sombra
shadow in Spanish is sombra, sombrc
shadow in Swedish is skugga
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