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NOUN (4)

1. a mental representation of some haunting experience;
- Example: "he looked like he had seen a ghost"
- Example: "it aroused specters from his past"
[syn: ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre]

2. a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else;
[syn: ghostwriter, ghost]

3. the visible disembodied soul of a dead person;

4. a suggestion of some quality;
- Example: "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"
- Example: "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
[syn: touch, trace, ghost]


VERB (3)

1. move like a ghost;
- Example: "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"

2. haunt like a ghost; pursue;
- Example: "Fear of illness haunts her"
[syn: haunt, obsess, ghost]

3. write for someone else;
- Example: "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"
[syn: ghost, ghostwrite]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ghost \Ghost\ (g[=o]st), n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g[=e]st spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.] [1913 Webster] 1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter. [1913 Webster] The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a blessed ghost. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea. [1913 Webster] Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. --Poe. [1913 Webster] 4. A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses. [1913 Webster] Ghost moth (Zool.), a large European moth (Hepialus humuli); so called from the white color of the male, and the peculiar hovering flight; -- called also great swift. Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit; the Paraclete; the Comforter; (Theol.) the third person in the Trinity. To give up the ghost or To yield up the ghost, to die; to expire. [1913 Webster] And he gave up the ghost full softly. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people. --Gen. xlix. 33. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ghost \Ghost\, v. i. To die; to expire. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ghost \Ghost\, v. t. To appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ghost n 1: a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past" [syn: ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre] 2: a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else [syn: ghostwriter, ghost] 3: the visible disembodied soul of a dead person 4: a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face" [syn: touch, trace, ghost] v 1: move like a ghost; "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard" 2: haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her" [syn: haunt, obsess, ghost] 3: write for someone else; "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?" [syn: ghost, ghostwrite]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

268 Moby Thesaurus words for "ghost": Doppelganger, Dracula, Frankenstein, Masan, Wolf-man, act for, advertising writer, agent, alternate, alternative, analogy, annalist, apparition, appearance, art critic, astral, astral spirit, author, authoress, backup, banshee, belletrist, bibliographer, black spot, bloom, blooping, bogey, bogeyman, boggart, bugaboo, bugbear, change, change places with, changeling, coauthor, collaborate, collaborator, columnist, comparison, compiler, compose, composer, control, copy, copywriter, counterfeit, creative writer, critic, crowd out, cut out, dance critic, dash off, definition, demon, departed spirit, deputy, devil, diarist, disembodied spirit, displace, double, double for, drama critic, dramatist, drift, dummy, duppy, dybbuk, editorialize, eidolon, encyclopedist, equal, equivalent, ersatz, essayist, exchange, fake, fee-faw-fum, fill in for, fill-in, flare, float, foot, form, formulate, free lance, free-lance, free-lance writer, frightener, fringe area, ghostwrite, ghostwriter, ghoul, glide, glimmer, granulation, grateful dead, grid, guide, hallucination, hant, hard shadow, haunt, hint, hobgoblin, holy terror, horror, humorist, idolum, illusion, image, imitation, immateriality, incorporeal, incorporeal being, incorporeity, incubus, indite, inditer, knock off, knock out, larva, lemures, literary artist, literary craftsman, literary critic, literary man, litterateur, locum tenens, logographer, magazine writer, makeshift, man of letters, manes, materialization, metaphor, metonymy, monographer, monster, multiple image, music critic, newspaperman, next best thing, nightmare, noise, novelettist, novelist, novelize, ogre, ogress, oni, pamphleteer, penwoman, personnel, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, phony, picture, picture noise, picture shifts, pinch hitter, pinch-hit, plow the deep, poet, poltergeist, prepare, presence, produce, prose writer, proxy, rain, relief, relieve, replace, replacement, represent, representative, reserves, revenant, reviewer, ride, ride the sea, ringer, rolling, run, sail, scanning pattern, scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer, scenario writer, scenarist, scenarize, scintilla, scintillation, scribe, scriptwriter, scud, second string, secondary, shade, shading, shadow, shape, shoot, short-story writer, shrouded spirit, sign, skim, slip, snow, snowstorm, spares, specter, spectral ghost, spell, spell off, spirit, spook, sprite, stand in for, stand-in, storyteller, sub, subrogate, substituent, substitute, substitute for, substitution, succedaneum, succeed, succubus, suggestion, supersede, superseder, supplant, supplanter, surrogate, swap places with, symbol, synecdoche, technical writer, terror, theophany, third string, throw on paper, token, trace, understudy, understudy for, unsubstantiality, utility player, vampire, vicar, vice-president, vice-regent, vision, walk the waters, walking dead man, wandering soul, werewolf, word painter, wordsmith, wraith, write, writer, zombie
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

GHOST Goal Hierarchy and Objectives Structuring Technique (TUB)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

ghost (Or "zombie") The image of a user's session on IRC and similar systems, left when the session has been terminated (properly or, often, improperly) but the server (or the network at large) believes the connection is still active and belongs to a real user. Compare clonebot. (1997-04-07)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Ghost an old Saxon word equivalent to soul or spirit. It is the translation of the Hebrew _nephesh_ and the Greek _pneuma_, both meaning "breath," "life," "spirit," the "living principle" (Job 11:20; Jer. 15:9; Matt. 27:50; John 19:30). The expression "to give up the ghost" means to die (Lam. 1:19; Gen. 25:17; 35:29; 49:33; Job 3:11). (See HOLY GHOST.)
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

GHOST, n. The outward and visible sign of an inward fear. He saw a ghost. It occupied -- that dismal thing! -- The path that he was following. Before he'd time to stop and fly, An earthquake trifled with the eye That saw a ghost. He fell as fall the early good; Unmoved that awful vision stood. The stars that danced before his ken He wildly brushed away, and then He saw a post. Jared Macphester Accounting for the uncommon behavior of ghosts, Heine mentions somebody's ingenious theory to the effect that they are as much afraid of us as we of them. Not quite, if I may judge from such tables of comparative speed as I am able to compile from memories of my own experience. There is one insuperable obstacle to a belief in ghosts. A ghost never comes naked: he appears either in a winding-sheet or "in his habit as he lived." To believe in him, then, is to believe that not only have the dead the power to make themselves visible after there is nothing left of them, but that the same power inheres in textile fabrics. Supposing the products of the loom to have this ability, what object would they have in exercising it? And why does not the apparition of a suit of clothes sometimes walk abroad without a ghost in it? These be riddles of significance. They reach away down and get a convulsive grip on the very tap-root of this flourishing faith.