- Shade within defined limits; obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a surface, and representing the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light; as, the shadow of a man, of a tree, or of a tower. See the Note under Shade (n.), 1.
- Darkness; shade; obscurity."Night's sable shadows from the ocean rise." [Denham.]
- A shaded place; shelter; protection; security."In secret shadow from the sunny ray, On a sweet bed of lilies softly laid." [Spenser.]
- A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water.
- That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower."Sin and her shadow Death." [Milton.]
- A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom."Hence, horrible shadow!" [Shak.]
- An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type."The law having a shadow of good things to come." [Heb. x. 1.]"Types] and shadows of that destined seed." [Milton.]
- A small degree; a shade."No variableness, neither shadowof turning." [James i. 17.]
- An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited.(A Latinism)"I must not have my board pastered with shadows That under other men's protection break in Without invitement." [Massinger.]
Etymology: Originally the same word as shade. √162. See Shade