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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  • 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.


  • 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. 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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  • ghosting, n.

    The Guardian, 16 January 2017:

    As for ghosting tech, it’s likely that its full potential will only be seen in a decade or so. As Disney’s swift intervention to clarify the Post’s Cumberbatch story proves, studios are wary of any sense that they are “cheating” their audiences. In light of the Mouse House’s equally rapid rebuttal last week of reports that it is planning to bring the late Carrie Fisher back for Star Wars: Episode IX, it also seems unlikely there will be a repeat, any time soon, of the situation that saw Paul Walker appear posthumously in Fast and Furious 7.

    January 5, 2018


    What’s Ghosting?

    Ghost, a word more commonly associated with Casper, the boy who saw dead people and a 1990 movie starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, has also come to be used as a verb that refers to ending a romantic relationship by cutting off all contact and ignoring the former partner’s attempts to reach out.

    June 29, 2015

  • 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

  • See ghost write.

    April 28, 2008