Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The appearance of one or more faint, unwanted images on a television screen.

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  • noun The practice of hiding prisoners from inspection from (possibly hostile) outside inspectors.
  • noun The effect that interference caused by a multipath reception problem has on a television screen.
  • noun Ghost imaging.
  • noun 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

  • 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

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

    Vicious Grace

  • 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

  • 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

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  • See ghost write.

    April 28, 2008

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

    April 28, 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

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/26/fashion/exes-explain-ghosting-the-ultimate-silent-treatment.html

    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

  • 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

  • A number of contacts said that they had been "ghosted," a situation in which a worker stops coming to work without notice and then is impossible to contact.
    Federal Reserve Board Beige Book - Dec. 5, 2018

    National data on economic “ghosting” is lacking. The term, which usually applies to dating, first surfaced in 2016 on Dictionary.com. But companies across the country say silent exits are on the rise.

    . . .

    Some employees are simply young and restless, said James Cooper, former manager of the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone Park, where he said people ghosted regularly.

    A few of his staffers were college students who lived in park dormitories for the summer.

    “My favorite,” he said, “was a kid who left a note on the floor in his dorm room that said ‘sorry bros, had to ghost.’ ”

    Danielle Paqquette, Workers Are Ghosting Their Employers Like Bad Dates, Wash. Post (Dec. 12, 2018)

    December 18, 2018