Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The appearance of one or more false images on a television screen.

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  • n. The practice of hiding prisoners from inspection from (possibly hostile) outside inspectors.
  • n. The effect that interference caused by a multipath reception problem has on a television screen.
  • n. Ghost imaging.
  • n. A form of identity theft in which someone steals the identity, and sometimes even the role within society, of a specific dead person (the "ghost") who is not widely known to be deceased.

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Examples

  • His offending started with stealing cars, but quickly progressed to "ghosting" - ripping off cannabis plantations in the forest around Kaingaroa - and growing it and selling it himself.

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  • His eye fell on the baby, a strange expression ghosting over his face.

    Brush of Darkness

  • Oonishi shifted his shoulders, an impatient expression ghosting across his face.

    Vicious Grace

  • The result is called ghosting - letters missing from what you actually typed, or additional letters that you didn't type.

    Small Dog Electronics - All Specials

  • Most previous solutions in the market have suffered from -- they may be able to recognize two fingers but actually not independently, and therefore there is something called ghosting, which has affected literally almost any touch screen you see out there.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • But working details and police shifts at the same time, known as ghosting or double-dipping, is a well-known no-no that has been treated seriously in the past.

    New Orleans Saints Central

  • The image suffers from ghosting, which is too bad, because the transfers on these episodes really are pretty good most of the time.

    DVD Verdict

  • - sometimes referred to as ghosting software - to back up your entire hard drive and everything on it, including the operating system.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • The organizations charged that the document, entitled "Applicability of Geneva Conventions to 'Ghost Detainees' in Iraq" shows that the DOD interpreted the 'security internee' provisions of the Geneva Conventions to allow for 'ghosting' of detainees by prohibiting the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from visiting.

    DOD, CIA Cooperated in Detainee Abuse

  • It is known as "ghosting" because, like a spectral image or a ghost, this collusion among market makers is difficult to detect.

    Are Financial Markets Being Illegally Manipulated?

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  • The distinction would be that spectating live players while dead by using "spectate mode" is in itself entirely legitimate--it is the passing on of enemy locations to friendly teammates, in the manner of an undead spirit, that warrants the novel term "ghosting" to concisely refer to the prohibited conduct.

    April 29, 2008

  • And what, may I ask, is wrong with spectate? Sure, it's a backformation, but some of my best friends are backformations. :-)

    April 28, 2008

  • Did you just say - *holds nose* - spectate?

    April 28, 2008

  • Ghosting is used in online multiplayer first person shooter games. Sometimes when your avatar is dead, you can continue to spectate the game and see other live players. If you pass on the locations of enemy to your teammates while you are dead, you are ghosting. Widely condemned, difficult to prove.

    April 28, 2008

  • See ghost write.

    April 28, 2008