Phantom vs. Ghost

Phantom vs. Ghost — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Phantom and Ghost

Phantomnoun

Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition; something elusive or delusive.

Ghostnoun

(dated) The spirit; the soul of man.

Phantomnoun

An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.

Ghostnoun

The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death

Everyone believed that the ghost of an old lady haunted the crypt.

Phantomnoun

(duplicate bridge) A placeholder for a pair of players when there are an odd number of pairs playing.

Ghostnoun

Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image

not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea
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Phantomnoun

(medical imaging) A test object.

Ghostnoun

A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.

Phantomadjective

Illusive.

Ghostnoun

An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.

Phantomadjective

Fictitious or nonexistent.

a phantom limb

Ghostnoun

A ghostwriter.

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Phantomnoun

a ghostly appearing figure;

we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us

Ghostnoun

(Internet) An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.

Phantomnoun

something existing in perception only;

a ghostly apparition at midnight

Ghostnoun

(computing) An image of a file or hard disk.

Phantomadjective

something apparently sensed but having no physical reality;

seemed to hear faint phantom bellsthe amputee's illusion of a phantom limb

Ghostnoun

(theatre) An understudy.

Ghostnoun

(espionage) A covert (and deniable) agent.

Ghostnoun

The faint image that remains after an attempt to remove graffiti.

Ghostnoun

(video games) An opponent in a racing game that follows a previously recorded route, allowing players to compete against previous best times.

Ghostnoun

A dead person whose identity is stolen by another. See ghosting.

Ghostnoun

White or pale.

ghost slug; ghostberry; ghostflower; ghost crab; ghost bat

Ghostnoun

Transparent or translucent.

ghost ant; ghost catfish; ghost nipper; ghost nudibranch

Ghostnoun

(attributive) Abandoned.

ghost town; ghost net; ghost ramp; ghost ship

Ghostnoun

(attributive) The remains of.

ghost cell; ghost crater; ghost image

Ghostnoun

(attributive) Perceived or listed but not real.

ghost pain; ghost cellphone vibration; ghost island; ghost voter

Ghostnoun

(attributive) Of cryptid, supernatural or extraterrestrial nature.

ghost rocket; ghost deer; ghost cat

Ghostnoun

(attributive) Substitute.

ghost writer; ghost band; ghost singer

Ghostverb

To haunt; to appear to in the form of an apparition.

Ghostverb

(obsolete) To die; to expire.

Ghostverb

(ambitransitive) To ghostwrite.

Ghostverb

(nautical) To sail seemingly without wind.

Ghostverb

(computing) To copy a file or hard drive image.

Ghostverb

(GUI) To gray out (a visual item) to indicate that it is unavailable.

Ghostverb

To forcibly disconnect an IRC user who is using one's reserved nickname.

Ghostverb

To appear without warning; to move quickly and quietly; to slip.

Ghostverb

To kill.

Ghostverb

(slang) To break up with someone without warning or explanation; to perform an act of ghosting.

Ghostnoun

a mental representation of some haunting experience;

he looked like he had seen a ghostit aroused specters from his past

Ghostnoun

a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

Ghostnoun

the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

Ghostnoun

a suggestion of some quality;

there was a touch of sarcasm in his tonehe detected a ghost of a smile on her face

Ghostverb

move like a ghost;

The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard

Ghostverb

haunt like a ghost; pursue;

Fear of illness haunts her

Ghostverb

write for someone else;

How many books have you ghostwritten so far?