What is shadow?

  • (verb): Cast a shadow over.
    Synonyms: shade, shade off
    See also — Additional definitions below


A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or reverse projection of the object blocking the light. The sun causes many objects to have shadows and at certain times of the day, when the sun is at certain heights, the lengths of shadows change.

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Shadow Congressperson
... The offices of shadow U.S ... Representative and shadow U.S ... The office originated with the election of the first Shadow Senators in 1796, and the position of Shadow US Representative first appeared in 1956 in the ...
Stephen Twigg - MP For Liverpool West Derby: 2010-present
... contested the election for the Shadow Cabinet, coming in 36th out of the 49 candidates and winning 55 votes ... He was subsequently appointed to the Labour front bench as a shadow minister in the Foreign Affairs team ... On 7 October 2011 he was appointed to the post of Shadow Secretary of State for Education, following the Shadow Cabinet reshuffle ...
Culture Of The Ottoman Empire - Performance - Karagöz (shadow Play)
... The Turkish shadow theatre, also known as Karagöz ("Black-Eyed") after one of its main characters, is descended from the Oriental Shadow theatre ...
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - Overview
... vehicles, the standard wheelbase Silver Shadow measured 224 inches (5,700 mm), 4,700 lb (2,100 kg) and had a book price of £6,557 in the first year of production ... The Silver Shadow was produced from 1965 to 1976, and the Silver Shadow II from 1977 to 1980 ...
Shadow - Heraldry
... when a charge is supposedly shown in shadow (the appearance is of the charge merely being outlined in a neutral tint rather than being of one or more tinctures different from the field on which it is placed ... Shadows can be colored by a colored transparent source of the shadow ...

More definitions of "shadow":

  • (noun): An inseparable companion.
    Example: "The poor child was his mother's shadow"
  • (noun): Shade within clear boundaries.
  • (verb): Follow, usually without the person's knowledge.
    Example: "The police are shadowing her"
  • (noun): A premonition of something adverse.
    Example: "A shadow over his happiness"
  • (noun): A dominating and pervasive presence.
    Example: "He received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"
  • (noun): Refuge from danger or observation.
    Example: "He felt secure in his father's shadow"
  • (noun): A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements.
    Synonyms: tail, shadower

Famous quotes containing the word shadow:

    before its great shadow joined
    the walls and roof and seemed
    to uphold the hall like a beam.
    Denise Levertov (b. 1923)

    And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
    On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the
    And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
    Shall be lifted—nevermore!
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

    I will hold the Christ-light for you
    in the shadow of your fear;
    I will hold my hand out to you,
    speak the peace you long to hear.
    Richard Gillard (20th century)