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ghost +‎ -ing


ghosting ‎(countable and uncountable, plural ghostings)

  1. The practice of hiding prisoners from inspection from (possibly hostile) outside inspectors.
  2. The effect that interference caused by a multipath reception problem has on a television screen.
  3. Ghost imaging.
  4. A form of identity theft in which someone steals the identity, and sometimes even the role within society, of a specific dead person (the "ghost") who is not widely known to be deceased.
  5. (computing) A problem with a keyboard where certain simultaneous keypresses trigger the action of a further key that was not in fact pressed.
    • 2011, John St. Clair, Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine (page 218)
      Examine your matrix map, and make sure that no three keystrokes form a rectangle with a fourth keystroke that will cause you problems. This prevents both ghosting and blocking.
  6. (slang) A method of ending a personal relationship by stopping any contact with the other party and not providing an explanation.
    Stories of ghosting often deal with broken-off romances, but it's worth mentioning that friend ghosting is real, and sometimes necessary.