What is shadow?

  • (noun): Refuge from danger or observation.
    Example: "He felt secure in his father's shadow"
    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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Some articles on shadow:

Shadow - Heraldry
... In 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 ... Shadows can be colored by a colored transparent source of the shadow ...
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
... In October 2010 he unsuccessfully 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 ...
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - Overview
... manufacturer's tradition of building luxury 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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "shadow":

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

Famous quotes containing the word shadow:

    The whole shadow of Man is only as big as his hat.
    Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

    Nor now the long light on the sea—
    And here face downward in the sun
    To feel how swift how secretly
    The shadow of the night comes on . . .
    Archibald MacLeish (1892–1982)

    It was a favor for which to be forever silent to be shown this vision. The earth beneath had become such a flitting thing of lights and shadows as the clouds had been before. It was not merely veiled to me, but it had passed away like the phantom of a shadow, skias onar, and this new platform was gained. As I had climbed above storm and cloud, so by successive days’ journeys I might reach the region of eternal day, beyond the tapering shadow of the earth.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)