What is shadow?

  • (noun): A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements.
    Synonyms: tail, shadower
    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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Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow - Overview
... 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 ...
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 ...
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 Territory of Alaska ...
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 tinctures different from the ... Shadows can be colored by a colored transparent source of the shadow ...

More definitions of "shadow":

  • (noun): Refuge from danger or observation.
    Example: "He felt secure in his father's shadow"
  • (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): Shade within clear boundaries.
  • (noun): An inseparable companion.
    Example: "The poor child was his mother's shadow"

Famous quotes containing the word shadow:

    After Buddha was dead, his shadow was still shown for centuries in a cave—a tremendous, gruesome shadow. God is dead; but given the way of man, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown.—And we—we still have to vanquish his shadow, too.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    When the shadow of death blots out my joy
    And erases the face of the sun
    Give me strength to endure, hope to believe
    That living and dying are one.
    William L. Wallace (20th century)

    The gods worship a line-drawing
    Of a woman, in the shadow of the sea
    Which goes on writing.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)