1. a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.
2. shade or comparative darkness, as in an area.
3. shadows, darkness, especially that coming after sunset.
4. shelter; protection.
5. a slight suggestion; trace.
6. a spectre or ghost.
7. a hint or faint, indistinct image or idea; intimation.
8. a mere semblance.
9. a reflected image.
10. (in painting, drawing, graphics, etc.)
a. the representation of the absence of light on a form.
b. the dark part of a picture, esp. as representing the absence of illumination.
11.(in architectural shades and shadows) a dark figure or image cast by an object or part of an object upon a surface that would otherwise be illuminated by the theoretical light source.
12.a period or instance of gloom, unhappiness, mistrust, doubt, dissension, or the like, as in friendship or one's life.
13.a dominant or pervasive threat, influence, or atmosphere, esp. one causing gloom, fear, doubt, or the like.
14.an inseparable companion.
15.a person who follows another in order to keep watch upon that person, as a spy or detective.
–verb (used with object)
16.to overspread with shadow; shade.
17.to cast a gloom over; cloud.
18.to screen or protect from light, heat, etc.; shade.
19.to follow (a person) about secretly, in order to keep watch over his movements.
20.to represent faintly, prophetically, etc. (often followed by “forth”).
21.Archaic. to shelter or protect.
22.Archaic. to shade in painting, drawing, etc.
23.of or pertaining to a shadow cabinet.
24.without official authority
In the mirror, they lie
Waiting for the darker hours,
Ready to stretch, eat:
The shadows gnashing their teeth
Lurking, just outside vision.
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