- fantom (archaic)
From Middle English fantom, fantum, from Old French fantosme, fantasme, from Latin phantasma (“an apparition, specter; (in Late Latin also) appearance, image”), from Ancient Greek φάντασμα (phántasma, “phantasm, an appearance, image, apparition, specter”), from φαντάζω (phantázō, “I make visible”). Doublet of phantasm.
phantom (plural phantoms)
- A ghost or apparition.
- Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; an image that appears only in the mind; an illusion or delusion.
- (bridge) A placeholder for a pair of players when there are an odd number of pairs playing.
- (medical imaging) A test object. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
phantom (not comparable)