[fan-tuh m] /ˈfæn təm/
an apparition or specter.
an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a dream image, mirage, or optical illusion.
a person or thing of merely illusory power, status, efficacy, etc.:
the phantom of fear.
an illustration, part of which is given a transparent effect so as to permit representation of details otherwise hidden from view, as the inner workings of a mechanical device.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a phantom; illusory:
a phantom sea serpent.
Electricity. noting or pertaining to a .
named, included, or recorded but nonexistent; fictitious:
Payroll checks were made out and cashed for phantom employees.
the visible representation of something abstract, esp as appearing in a dream or hallucination: phantoms of evil haunted his sleep
something apparently unpleasant or horrific that has no material form
(med) another name for manikin (sense 2b)
c.1300, fantum “illusion, unreality,” from Old French fantosme (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fantauma, from Latin phantasma “an apparition” (see phantasm). The ph- was restored in English late 16c. (see ph). Meaning “specter, spirit, ghost” is attested from late 14c.; that of “something having the form, but not the substance, of a real thing” is from 1707. As an adjective from early 15c.
phantom phan·tom or fan·tom (fān’təm)
noun, Electricity. 1. a circuit derived from two suitably arranged pairs of wires, each pair being a circuit (side circuit) and also acting as one half of an additional derived circuit, the entire system providing the capabilities of three circuits while requiring wires for only two.
- Phantom corpuscle
phantom corpuscle n. See achromocyte.
[fan-tuh m] /ˈfæn təm/ noun 1. an apparition or specter. 2. an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a dream image, mirage, or optical illusion. 3. a person or thing of merely illusory power, status, efficacy, etc.: the phantom of fear. 4. an illustration, part of which is given a transparent effect so as […]
noun, Pathology. 1. a phenomenon characterized by the experience of pain, discomfort, or other sensation in the area of a missing limb or other body part, as a breast. phantom limb pain n. Pain or discomfort felt by an amputee in the area of the missing limb.