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NOUN (2)

1. a ghostly appearing figure;
- Example: "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
[syn: apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter, spectre]

2. 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spectre \Spec"tre\, n. See Specter. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Specter \Spec"ter\, Spectre \Spec"tre\, n. [F. spectre, fr. L. spectrum an appearance, image, specter, fr. specere to look. See Spy, and cf. Spectrum.] 1. Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost; a phantom. [1913 Webster] The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend, With bold fanatic specters to rejoice. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) (a) The tarsius. (b) A stick insect. [1913 Webster] Specter bat (Zool.), any phyllostome bat. Specter candle (Zool.), a belemnite. Specter shrimp (Zool.), a skeleton shrimp. See under Skeleton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

spectre n 1: a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us" [syn: apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter, spectre] 2: 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]