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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡəʊst taʊn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡoʊst taʊn/
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- A town which has become deserted, usually due to failing economic activity, especially one that still has substantial visible remains.
- 1938, E. M. Rowalt, “Cotton, Corn, Trees, and Grass”, in Soil Defense in the South (United States Department of Agriculture Farmers’ Bulletin; no. 1809), Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, OCLC 943289032, page 5:
- Crop failures in 1925 and 1926 ended the life of the trading center. The stores closed, and the merchants moved away. In one store the goods still rest on shelves, dust-covered reminders of a better day. The folks nearby now call it the Ghost Town.
- 1975, Richard Newbold Adams, “Power Domains and Levels”, in Energy and Structure: A Theory of Social Power, Austin, Tex.; London: University of Texas Press, →ISBN, part 1 (The Nature of Power), page 93:
- The reduction of power in a system will necessarily lead to a reduction in levels of articulation, just as depopulation will reduce the number of domains. This reduction can be seen in former provincial-rural centers in the American Midwest and West and in the Argentina pampa. In their most exaggerated form they have been totally deserted, have become "ghost towns."
- (figuratively) Anything that has been deserted or abandoned, or has been empty all along.
- 2014, D. C. Johnston, chapter 31, in Celtic Treasure: A Mick Scott Adventure, [s.n.]: Johnston Enterprises, →ISBN, page 195:
- It was the Friday evening before Christmas and ASU was a ghost town. Most everyone had left for the holiday several days earlier, including all of Professor Brinkerman's students.
town which has become deserted