Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cast a shadow around, about, or over; overshadow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cast a shadow upon; overshadow: as, beshadowed by huge trees.

Etymologies

From Middle English bischadewen, bischadwen (also beschaden, bescheaden), from Old English besceaduwian, besceadian ("to overshadow"), equivalent to be- +‎ shadow. Cognate with Dutch beschaduwen ("to shade, adumbrate, shadow"), German beschatten ("to shade, shadow, overshadow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And other be in Ethiopia, and each of them have only one foot so great and so large, that they beshadow themselves with the foot when they lie gaping on the ground in strong heat of the sun; and yet they be so swift, that they be likened to hounds in swiftness of running, and therefore among the Greeks they be called Cynopodes.

    Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus

  • But in the one the great oaks prosper placidly upon an even floor; they beshadow a great field; and the air and the light are very free below their stretching boughs.

    Across the Plains: With Other Memories and Essays

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