shadow Definition

  • 1a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface
  • 2an area of darkness created when a source of light is blocked by an object
  • 3a reflected image

Using shadow: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shadow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The tree cast a long shadow on the ground.

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    I saw his shadow on the wall.

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    The building's shadow covered the entire park.

  • Example

    She noticed a shadow moving behind the curtains.

shadow Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for shadow

Idioms Using shadow

  • in someone's shadow

    to be in a position where someone else is more successful or famous than you are


    He has always lived in his father's shadow, struggling to make a name for himself.

  • to waste time and effort pursuing something that is unlikely to happen or exist


    Stop chasing shadows and focus on what's important.

  • to have a powerful and lasting influence on something or someone


    His legacy as a great leader cast a long shadow over the country.

Phrases with shadow

  • a feeling of uncertainty or suspicion, especially regarding guilt or innocence


    There is not a shadow of a doubt that he is guilty.

  • a person or thing that is much less impressive or successful than they were in the past


    After the accident, he was a shadow of his former self.

  • to make a disrespectful comment or gesture towards someone


    She was throwing shade at her ex-boyfriend during the party.

Origins of shadow

from Old English 'sceadu'


Summary: shadow in Brief

A 'shadow' [ˈʃædoʊ] is a dark area or shape created by an object blocking a source of light. It can also refer to a reflected image. The term extends into phrases like 'shadow of a doubt,' indicating suspicion, and idioms like 'in someone's shadow,' denoting being overshadowed by someone else. 'Shadow' can also be used in the phrase 'throw shade,' meaning to make a disrespectful comment.

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