Shadow vs Shadowlike - What's the difference?

shadow | shadowlike |

As a noun shadow

is a dark image projected onto a surface where light (or other radiation) is blocked by the shade of an object.

As a verb shadow

is to block light or radio transmission.

As an adjective shadowlike is

resembling a shadow or some aspect of one.



(wikipedia shadow)


(en noun)
  • A dark image projected onto a surface where light (or other radiation) is blocked by the shade of an object.
  • *
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  • Relative darkness, especially as caused by the interruption of light; gloom, obscurity.
  • * Denham
  • Night's sable shadows from the ocean rise.
  • * Spenser
  • In secret shadow from the sunny ray, / On a sweet bed of lilies softly laid.
  • (obsolete) A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • That which looms as though a shadow.
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  • Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow' cast by that ultimate "closet taxonomist," Franz Stephani—a ghost whose ' shadow falls over us all.
  • A small degree; a shade.
  • * Bible, James i. 17
  • no variableness, neither shadow of turning
  • An imperfect and faint representation.
  • He came back from war the shadow of a man.
  • * Bible, Hebrews x. 1
  • the law having a shadow of good things to come
  • * Milton
  • [types] and shadows of that destined seed
  • One who secretly or furtively follows another.
  • * Milton
  • Sin and her shadow Death
  • A type of lettering form of word processors that makes a cubic effect.
  • An influence, especially a pervasive or a negative one.
  • *
  • A spirit; a ghost; a shade.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Hence, horrible shadow !
  • (obsolete, Latinism) An uninvited guest accompanying one who was invited.
  • (Nares)

    Usage notes

    * A person (or object) is said to "cast", "have", or "throw" a shadow if that shadow is caused by the person (either literally, by eclipsing a light source, or figuratively). The shadow may then be described as the shadow "cast" or "thrown" by the person, or as the shadow "of" the person, or simply as the person's shadow.

    Derived terms

    * backshadowing * foreshadowing * rain shadow * shadow acting * shadow boxing * shadow cabinet * shadow government * shadow minister * shadow play * shadow price * sideshadowing * unshadow


    (en verb)
  • To block light or radio transmission.
  • Looks like that cloud's going to shadow us.
  • (espionage) To secretly or discreetly track or follow another, to keep under surveillance.
  • To accompany a professional during the working day, so as to learn about an occupation one intends to take up.
  • (programming) To make an identifier, usually a variable, inaccessible by declaring another of the same name within the scope of the first.
  • (computing) To apply the shadowing process to (the contents of ROM).
  • Derived terms

    * overshadow




    (en adjective)
  • Resembling a shadow or some aspect of one.