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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) Method of ending the personal relationship by stopping any contact with the other party and not providing an explanation
    Stories of ghosting are almost always romantic in nature, but it's worth mentioning that friend ghosting is real, and sometimes necessary.