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

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of specter.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of specter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See specter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See specter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mental representation of some haunting experience
  • n. a ghostly appearing figure


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