Ghost

Definition of Ghost

Pronunciation: gōst
n.1.
1.The spirit; the soul of man.
Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament.
- Spenser.
2.The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.
The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose.
- Shak.
I thought that I had died in sleep,
And was a blessed ghost.
- Coleridge.
3.Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea.
Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
- Poe.
4.A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
Ghost moth
(Zool.) a large European moth (Hepialus humuli); so called from the white color of the male, and the peculiar hovering flight; - called also great swift.
Holy Ghost
(Theol.) the Holy Spirit; the Paraclete; the Comforter; (Theol.) the third person in the Trinity.
To give up the ghost
to die; to expire.
And he gave up the ghost full softly.
- Chaucer.
Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people
- Gen. xlix. 33.
v. i.1.To die; to expire.
v. t.1.To appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition.

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