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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Ghost'

Ghost Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    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: shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre]
  2. a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else [syn: ghostwriter]
  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] v
  5. move like a ghost; "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"
  6. haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her" [syn: haunt, obsess]
  7. write for someone else; "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?" [syn: ghostwrite]
Ghost Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Ghost \Ghost\, n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g?st spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.]
  1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.] Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. --Spenser.
  2. 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 Harrys rose. --Shak. I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a blessed ghost. --Coleridge.
  3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea. Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. --Poe.
  4. A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses. Ghost moth (Zo["o]l.), 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 or yield up the ghost, to die; to expire. And he gave up the ghost full softly. --Chaucer.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Ghost'

A ghost is considered to be the spirit of a dead person. Scientists say that there are no real ghosts, but many people believe that there are.

There are many stories about ghosts in books and movies. Sometimes the ghost is the spirit of a person who was killed by enemies or who died in a scary way. The ghost may stay on Earth because he or she is angry due to some problem in life and wants to scare people or to harm his or her enemies. Sometimes ghosts are said to live in a particular locality, for example an abandoned house, and when occupants come they tease them to drive away or cause serious damage to the occupants.

Sometimes the ghosts in these stories exist because of some problem the person had during life, that was not solved before he or she died. The ghost stays on the Earth trying to fix the problem. If the problem is fixed, the ghost can leave the Earth. Many ghosts stay on Earth also because they have died younger or have had sudden or abrupt deaths. Many people claim to have seen or heard ghosts. People who try to talk to ghosts as their job are called Mediums.

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'Ghost' in famous quotation sentence

* Barbossa For too long I've been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I've been starving to death and haven't died. I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face nor the spray of the sea. Nor the warmth of a woman's flesh. You best start believing in ghost stories Miss Turner. You're in one. - Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl

* I am now going to make you a gift that will stay with you the rest of your life. For the rest of your life, every time you say 'We've always done it that way,' my ghost will appear and haunt you for twenty-four hours. - Grace Murray Hopper

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Ghost Sample Sentences in News

  • Collected Ghost Stories by MR James – review
    These spooky tales from a 'weird fictionist of the very first rank' are released just in time for the darker months Here is an entry from the diary of the archdeacon of Barchester Cathedral, for October 11, 1816 (or 197 years ago next week): "Candles lit in the choir for the first time at evening prayers. It came as a shock: I find that I absolute Read more on this news related to 'Ghost'
  • Ghost hunters at O'Brien's Pub
    Mark Schwabe of Ghost Head Soup tests a thermal energy camera for signs of ghost activity at O'Briens on River Street in Batavia. The exterior of O'Briens on River Street the night of the paranormal testing. Read more on this news related to 'Ghost'
  • Ghost School
    Learn how to hunt ghosts at the Woodruff-Fontaine House on Saturday. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] Read more on this news related to 'Ghost'

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