Adjective "Shadow" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.
  1. 'One of his favorite motifs was the mermaid whose undulating body allowed light to cast shadows over the surface.'
  2. 'The silent roadway looked like a long riband of polished silver, flecked here and there by the dark arabesques of waving shadows.'
  3. 'When they were pretty well out of sight, there was a bright flash of light and a large shadow was cast over the area of about a football field.'
  4. 'Light penetrates these holes and casts thin shadows across the print surface.'
  5. 'The dark shadows crept across the ground, the swirling surface trembling at their presence.'
  6. 'The extra light cast eerie shadows on the glistening metal walls, not helping the sick feeling in her stomach.'
  7. 'Instead, the light cast shadows around him, encircling him passively.'
  8. 'He spun on shaky legs, relieved to see that he hadn't collapsed yet, and saw his own Mercedes still sitting under the dark shadows of the tall oak.'
  9. 'I felt very grateful for Anna's presence as we walked in the dark, our shadows projecting onto the dark road and into the fields beyond, as she expressed gratitude for mine.'
  10. 'Its multicolored lights cast different shadows on the living room floor.'
  11. 'the north side of the cathedral was deep in shadow'
  12. 'The moody landscapes with splashes of garish neon, the darkness and shadow - all that translates very well from the console.'
  13. 'I stayed hidden in the shadows as I followed his small figure stealthily.'
  14. 'The door closed softly but firmly behind her, shrouding the room in darkness and deep shadows.'
  15. 'She broke the kiss to look deeply in her lover's eyes and found them the color of deep shadow.'
  16. 'If you can't quite see the actors who are in deep shadow, and you can't quite make out what the leading lady is saying, the evening becomes a bit of an uphill climb.'
  17. 'Anonymous figures emerge from deep shadow, often the striped shadows of the tracks.'
  18. 'He didn't want to look suspicious to them so he stayed in the shadows to observe.'
  19. 'A third figure is in deep shadow, but we can make out a dark purple suit.'
  20. 'The entire world outside lay painted in dark blue shadows and pale moonlight and the snow muffled the land beneath it to absolute silence.'
  21. 'But then they were gone, lost in the deep blanket of shadow and hair that covered his face.'
  22. 'Flesh tones are accurate, and the few dark areas have detailed shadows.'
  23. 'Lines are often bold and thick, and the tight, even hatching sometimes dissolves in to smooth gradations of shadow.'
  24. 'My doodling ended up being dark shadows of unknown objects.'
  25. 'His hair was scattered over his forehead and ears, his mouth was loose, his eyes almost invisible in their dark shadows.'
  26. 'Beneath her eyes, he saw the dark shadows that copious tears had produced.'
  27. 'His face, blank and colorless, was detailed only by the dark shadows beneath his eyes and the nest of light brown hair atop his head.'
  28. 'There were dark shadows beneath my eyes, the result of too many late nights, plus a combination of illicit drugs and alcohol.'
  29. 'His eyes seemed more sunken in and dark shadows lay beneath them.'
  30. 'He did look awful; the shadows beneath his eyes were even darker this morning in contrast to the pallor of his face.'
  31. 'He laughed loudly and the dark shadows from his eyes disappeared.'
  32. 'Dark shadows, even darker than Charlie's, sat beneath his coal gray eyes and the red veins in his eyes had become shockingly apparent.'
  33. 'Her eyes held dark shadows beneath them, and her shoulders stooped with exhaustion.'
  34. 'Hugo held something dark in the palm of his hand about the size of a guinea and when the Captain turned away from him I noticed that the black shadow of his patch had gone.'
  35. 'shadows on his lungs'
Used in reference to proximity, ominous oppressiveness, or sadness and gloom.
  1. 'only one shadow lay over Sally's life'
  2. 'But even within the memory of this splendid Olympics there still hangs the huge shadow of the use of performance enhancing substances.'
  3. 'She looked up from her book when two shadows fell over her.'
  4. 'The war did leave a shadow in my mind, but the thing I most feared had already happened.'
  5. 'Raised in Boston's industrial city of Lowell, Massachusetts, Bette Davis was born in the shadow of one war, and worked through the next.'
  6. 'Why has this area of law emerged from the shadows of obscurity?'
  7. 'The growing importance of families in the shadow of war had profound effects, too, on the discussion of women's rights.'
  8. 'Human flesh appears cheap; expires through decay or a bullet; why bother ourselves about growing up in the shadows of war and exile?'
  9. 'A group of rabbits had made their warren here years ago, and lived under the shadow of werewolves in relative safety.'
  10. 'Any contribution that brings the life and thought of a woman out of the shadows of historical obscurity is a valuable contribution.'
  11. 'Uncertainty prevails in the shadows of the Iraq war and no one can predict the stock market.'
  12. 'The prince wearily rose, the burden of almost single-handedly waging a war against shadows weighing him down.'
  13. 'The difference between contemplating preemptive war and jumping at shadows can become perilously thin.'
  14. 'he lived in the shadow of his father'
  15. 'If it has this much power, why is friendship so utterly in the shadow of romantic love, with its relatively predictable and well-trod narrative arch?'
  16. 'He was a runt, a weakling brought up in the shadow of an accomplished elder brother who died of smallpox when Charles was 12.'
  17. 'For Plato, our senses are deceptive and what we experience in our daily lives is not reality but the shadow of reality.'
  18. 'Jessica glanced down at her own daughter and hoped she would be a beauty, otherwise the girl would spend the rest of her life in the shadows of her sister.'
  19. 'This series will continue to sink into obscurity, remaining where it belongs: in the shadow of much better giant robot series.'
  20. 'Each struggles with the idea of bringing their need for intimacy out of the shadows.'
  21. 'she knew without a shadow of a doubt that he was lying'
  22. 'In all the years that Sam has known Julien, which were many by the way, she knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the only thing that mattered to him was his video games.'
  23. 'Here's my favorite post of the month, bar none, of all the blogs, where Moby confirms his geekiness beyond a shadow of a doubt.'
  24. 'It seemed to him that Tanaki's eyes always hid a shadow of coldness.'
  25. 'People who want to know the source of their fish without a shadow of a doubt might opt to catch it themselves.'
  26. 'Without a shadow of a doubt in his mind, she was the girl for him.'
  27. 'I think part of the reason I'm afraid that his family is going to freak is because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that mine will.'
  28. 'He then proceeded to tell me that without a shadow of a doubt he should be able to get online right now or he was going to cancel his account.'
  29. 'It's a disc of the year without a shadow of a doubt, but more than that, I think it's one of the best violin records I've ever heard.'
  30. 'My favorite haunt in London, without a shadow of a doubt!'
  31. 'She had never admitted that she was an agent before, either, even though he knew without a shadow of a doubt that she was.'
  32. 'But it is just a shadow of the bustling place it was from the 1860s through to 1907, when the leaders both died.'
  33. 'She had realized then, as she realized now, that her feelings, her emotions, her very soul, were but a shadow of what they once were.'
  34. 'Unfortunately, this is only a shadow of the original, and fairly or not comes off as a cheap knock-off of a classic film.'
  35. 'He drifted by, a silent specter, a shadow of what he once had been.'
  36. 'Jared is a great man where Anthony is but a shadow of a boy.'
  37. 'The smile was thin, only a pale shadow of what it used to be.'
  38. 'By now Chopin was physically a shadow of himself; but it was not just lack of strength that made him play forte passages piano or pianissimo.'
  39. 'Like the American cinema, the American theatre is today a pale shadow of what it used to be; this film is a reminder of what we're missing.'
  40. 'They are already merely a shadow of the company they were.'
  41. 'Yet he remains a shadow, following behind Buddha rather than being an independent person.'
  42. 'a shadow crossed Maria's face'
  43. 'A grim shadow crossed his face, however, that quickly turned the grin to a frown.'
  44. 'A shadow crossed Katherine's face as she saw Helena use Orion as a human shield.'
  45. 'He had not caught the deadly shadow that had crossed her face just a moment ago.'
  46. 'Mel shook her head, a shadow crossing her face as she remembered about the sketch.'
  47. 'A shadow seemed to cross his face as his vivid blue eyes took on a faint look of regret.'
  48. 'A shadow crossed her face but disappeared behind her eyes as quickly as it had appeared.'
  49. 'Still, a shadow crosses Jack's resolutely clouded eyes as he detects a snag in the plan.'
  50. 'A shadow crossed her face at his words and Dmitri became serious again.'
  51. 'A shadow crossed Adam's face as Melissa compared him to Zachary.'
  52. 'She faltered at his tone, but would have gone on to press him some more when a shadow crossed over his face and she realized Kim was approaching once again.'
An inseparable attendant or companion.
  1. 'She had become her shadow, following her around like a string.'
  2. 'Being fascinated by the beauty of the park, she never noticed the shadow following her.'
  3. 'My apprentice, who is my faithful shadow, and I discuss and analyze the day's events.'
  4. 'He stepped down as party leader and was replaced by the shadow chancellor John Smith, who pushed for reform in the structure of Labour Party relations with the unions.'
  5. 'A shadow cabinet meeting was convened, and a manifesto drafted which reflected many of the key aims of the left.'
  6. 'Thus, at common law the requirements for piercing the veil seem even more demanding than the statutory definition of a shadow director.'
  7. 'The parties might cooperate on policy and parliamentary tactics, and there would almost certainly be a place in the shadow cabinet for Trimble.'
  8. 'Each group drafted a ‘chapter’ as the basis of every shadow minister's policy.'
  9. 'Next weekend, we will hold the fourth annual joint meeting of the four operating shadow committees in Washington.'
  10. 'The changes that he inaugurated relied upon him having considerable control over his shadow cabinet.'
  11. 'The shadow leader of the House of Commons, Eric Forth, claimed that the proposals were a great disappointment.'
  1. 'My face was whitened with powder and my golden-brown eyelashes were black to match the carefully applied eyeliner and shadows.'
  2. 'Lengthening and thickening mascaras, shimmery lip glosses and shadows often take away the attention of the cheeks.'


Envelop in shadow; cast a shadow over.
  1. 'a hood shadowed her face'
  2. 'She had her hood up, shadowing her face once again, but the cloak couldn't cover her sensible attire - in fact, the same attire she always wore - since she was riding.'
  3. 'The umbrella was titled over the three figures, shadowing their faces.'
  4. 'I just stared at her, a blank expression shadowing my face.'
  5. 'The streets of Okinawa were shadowed by the cloak of twilight and wrapped in a thin fog.'
  6. 'They were cloaked in deep black, their faces shadowed by hoods.'
  7. 'The bright, clear light in his paintings appears like an Arts and Crafts article of faith, casting aside the heavily shadowed tonalities of the Victorians.'
  8. 'His hood still shadowed any semblance of a face, if he had even had one to begin with.'
  9. 'She walked in and sat at the bar, keeping her hood up so it shadowed her face.'
  10. 'Even with it only approaching evening, the land was shadowed and black clouds threatened rain.'
  11. 'The room was shadowed, shrouded in a curtain of darkness.'
Follow and observe (someone) closely and secretly.
  1. 'This fell upon deaf ears to the Secret Service, which quickly dispatched two agents to shadow the president.'
  2. 'The British ships could only hope to shadow her at ever-increasing distances, rather than pursue her.'
  3. 'Now I have a price on my head and a berserker killer shadowing me.'
  4. 'He was in a new city, in a different province, a new school, new friends, and being the 1960s he was shadowed by the stigma of being raised by a single parent.'
  5. '‘If they are shadowing us,’ Garcia said, ‘they'll track us to the moon.’'
  6. 'Shin was free to fly to east Berlin for location shots - though shadowed by ever-present escorts.'
  7. 'Whoever their trailer was, he was both foolhardy and not very experienced at shadowing someone across a desert.'
  8. 'The crazy thing about her was she didn't mind having her little brother shadowing her every move.'
  9. 'The project involves shadowing each family member - husband, wife, and kids - for at least three full days.'
  10. 'He shadows her for days, weeks, months - and sends all data back to corporate headquarters for analysis.'
  11. 'he formerly helped to shadow the Foreign Office'
  12. 'Ever since the fall of the monarchy executive power had nominally been vested in a council of ministers, but each minister was shadowed by a specialist committee of the Convention.'
  13. 'Sheehan and a team of architects have spent months shadowing doctors, nurses, and patients at Northwest as they plan a new emergency room and inpatient wing.'
  14. 'The applicant confirmed that she needed training and that shadowing a Court Manager was the correct course before a person goes into such a post.'

More definitions

1. a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.

2. shade or comparative darkness, as in an area.

3. shadows, darkness, especially that coming after sunset.

4. shelter; protection: sanctuary in the shadow of the church.

5. a slight suggestion; trace: beyond the shadow of a doubt.

6. a specter or ghost: pursued by shadows.

7. a hint or faint, indistinct image or idea; intimation: shadows of things to come.

8. a mere semblance: the

More examples(as adjective)

"economies can be shadow."

"realms can be shadow."

"ministers can be shadow."

"members can be shadow."

"cabinets can be shadow."

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Old English scead(u)we (noun), oblique case of sceadu (see shade), sceadwian ‘screen or shield from attack’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaduw and German Schatten (nouns), from an Indo-European root shared by Greek skotos ‘darkness’.


be frightened of one's shadow
cast a shadow on (or over)
wear oneself to a shadow