from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something apparently seen but having no physical reality; a phantom or an apparition. Also called phantasma.
- n. An illusory mental image. Also called phantasma.
- n. In Platonic philosophy, objective reality as perceived and distorted by the five senses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. something seen but having no physical reality; a phantom or apparition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An image formed by the mind, and supposed to be real or material; a shadowy or airy appearance; sometimes, an optical illusion; a phantom; a dream.
- n. A mental image or representation of a real object; a fancy; a notion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparition; a specter; a vision; an illusion or hallucination.
- n. An idea; a fancy; a fantastic notion.
- n. Specifically, in recent use, a phantom or apparition; the imagined appearance of a person, whether living or dead, in a place where his body is not at the same time.
- n. Synonyms Phantom, Apparition, etc. See ghost.
- n. In psychology: A memory-image.
- n. An image of imagination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ghostly appearing figure
- n. something existing in perception only
Middle English fantasme, from Old French, from Latin phantasma, from Greek, from phantazein, to make visible, from phantos, visible, from phainein, to show; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French fantasme, from Latin phantasma ("an apparition, specter; Late Latin also appearance, image"), from Ancient Greek φάντασμα (phantasma, "phantasm"), from φαντάζω (phantazō, "I make visible"). (Wiktionary)