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See also: Phantom
- fantom (archaic)
From Middle English fantome, fanteme, 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. A test phantom is an object that reproduces the characteristics of human tissue.
- See also Thesaurus:ghost
something having no physical reality
phantom (not comparable)
- 1899, Stephen Crane, chapter 1, in Twelve O'Clock:
- […] (it was the town's humour to be always gassing of phantom investors who were likely to come any moment and pay a thousand prices for everything) — “[…] Them rich fellers, they don't make no bad breaks with their money. […]”
- Fictitious or nonexistent.
- a phantom limb
unreal or fictitious
- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “phantom”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
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