Ghost vs. Phantom

Ghost vs. Phantom — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Ghost and Phantom

Ghostnoun

The spirit of a dead person, especially one that is believed to appear to the living in bodily form or to haunt specific locations.

Phantomnoun

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

Ghostnoun

A person's spirit or soul

was sick for months and finally gave up the ghost.

Phantomnoun

An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion

phantoms of a disturbed mind.

Ghostnoun

A returning or haunting memory or image.

Phantomnoun

(Medicine) A model of a human body or body part.

Ghostnoun

A slight or faint trace

just a ghost of a smile.

Phantomadjective

Resembling, characteristic of, or being a phantom

tales of a phantom ship haunting the bay.

Ghostnoun

The tiniest bit

not a ghost of a chance.

Phantomadjective

Fictitious or nonexistent, often when intended to deceive

phantom employees on the payroll.deposits in a phantom bank account.

Ghostnoun

An unwanted image on a television or radar screen caused by reflected waves.

Phantomadjective

Believed to be real even though illusory

a phantom pregnancy.

Ghostnoun

A displaced image in a photograph caused by the optical system of the camera.

Phantomadjective

Being a phantom limb

a phantom arm.

Ghostnoun

An unwanted spectral line caused by imperfections in a diffraction grating.

Phantomnoun

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

Ghostnoun

A displaced image in a mirror caused by reflection from the front of the glass.

Phantomnoun

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

Ghostnoun

(Informal) A ghostwriter.

Phantomnoun

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

Ghostnoun

A nonexistent publication listed in bibliographies.

Phantomnoun

(medical imaging) A test object.

Ghostnoun

A fictitious employee or business.

Phantomadjective

Illusive.

Ghostnoun

(Physiology) A red blood cell having no hemoglobin.

Phantomadjective

Fictitious or nonexistent.

a phantom limb

Ghostverb

(Informal) To engage in ghostwriting.

Phantomnoun

a ghostly appearing figure;

we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us

Ghostverb

To move noiselessly like a ghost

“Two young deer ghosted out of the woods” (Nancy M. Debevoise).

Phantomnoun

something existing in perception only;

a ghostly apparition at midnight

Ghostverb

(Informal) To cut off all communication with someone, especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation

ghosted on him after two dates.

Phantomadjective

something apparently sensed but having no physical reality;

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

Ghostverb

To haunt.

Ghostverb

(Informal) To ghostwrite

was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.

Ghostverb

(Informal) To cut off all communication with (someone), especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation

“In some point in nearly every young millennial's life, they will be ghosted. And not by sad dead bodies from the graveyard, but by idiot living ones from the Internet” (Heather Dockray).

Ghostnoun

(dated) The spirit; the soul of man.

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.

Ghostnoun

Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image

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

Ghostnoun

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

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.

Ghostnoun

A ghostwriter.

Ghostnoun

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

Ghostnoun

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

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?