(1) A mental representation of some haunting experience
"He looked like he had seen a ghost"
"It aroused specters from his past"
(2) A suggestion of some quality
"There was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"
"He detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
(3) The visible disembodied soul of a dead person
(4) A writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
(5) Write for someone else
"How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"
(6) Haunt like a ghost; pursue
"Fear of illness haunts her"
(7) Move like a ghost
"The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"
From and , from . Cognate with Afrikaans gees, archaic Danish , Dutch geest, Frisian geast, German Geist, Scots ghaist and Yiddish גײַסט (gayst).
- The spirit; the soul of man.
- Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. — Spenser
- 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 Harries rose. — Shakespeare.
- I thought that I had died in sleep/And was a blessed ghost. — Coleridge
- Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.
- not a ghost of a chance
- the ghost of an idea
- Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. — Poe
- A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
- An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.
- A ghostwriter.
- A nature spirit, ancestor or house spirit (see brownie ) revered in Heathenry.
- Before all else, we speak to the land to the ghosts and spirits of this place known to many as pixies, fairies, brownies, or elfs. (Math Jones)
- An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.
- (soul): soul, spirit
- (spirit appearing after death): apparition, phantom, revenant, specter/spectre, spook, wraith.
- (faint shadowy semblance): glimmer, glimmering, glimpse, hint, inkling, spark, suggestion.
- (false image in an optical device):
- (false image on a television screen):
- (ghostwriter): ghostwriter
- See also Wikisaurus:ghost
- To haunt.
- To ghostwrite.
- To ghostwrite.