Meaning of PHANTOM in English


— phantomlike , adj.

/fan"teuhm/ , n.

1. an apparition or specter.

2. an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a dream image, mirage, or optical illusion.

3. a person or thing of merely illusory power, status, efficacy, etc.: the phantom of fear.

4. an illustration, part of which is given a transparent effect so as to permit representation of details otherwise hidden from view, as the inner workings of a mechanical device.


5. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a phantom; illusory: a phantom sea serpent.

6. Elect. noting or pertaining to a phantom circuit.

7. named, included, or recorded but nonexistent; fictitious: Payroll checks were made out and cashed for phantom employees.

Also, fantom .

[ 1250-1300; ME fantosme phantasma PHANTASM ]

Syn. 1, 2. See apparition. 5. imaginary.

Ant. 5. real, material.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .