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Dictionary Definition

phantom adj : something apparently sensed but having no physical reality; "seemed to hear faint phantom bells"; "the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb"


1 a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us" [syn: apparition, phantasm, phantasma, specter, spectre]
2 something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight" [syn: apparition, phantasm, phantasma, shadow]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Phantom



From Greek (phantasma), via Latin phantasma then Old French fantasme.


phantom (phantoms)
  1. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or apparition; something elusive or delusive
  2. An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion


Derived terms




Extensive Definition

Phantom can refer to any of the following.



  • Phantom power, a method for supplying current to devices over signaling cables
  • A device or test pattern that simulates the human body or part of the human body and is used to calibrate a detector that measures radiation emanating from within (e.g. the BOMAB phantom) or absorbed by (e.g. Shepp-Logan phantom) the body. See Computed Tomography.

Trademarks and Product Names

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In gaming:
  • CCI Phantom (or "The Phantom"), a paintball marker developed and marketed by Mike Casedy and his company CCI
  • The Phantom (game system), a canceled video game console which never reached production
  • BASF markets the pesticide chlorfenapyr under the registered trademark Phantom

Popular culture

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In other areas:
  • The Phantom (horse), a former New Zealand-trained race horse who competed in Australian events in 1990's
  • Phantom Killer, an unidentified serial killer believed to have killed five people in Texarkana in 1946
  • The Phantom (criminal), a woman whose DNA was found at 32 crime scenes in Europe for more than 15 years, including six murders.



  • Phantom limb, the sensation that a missing limb is still attached to the body and functioning normally
  • Phantom quartz, a type of quartz that appears to have 'phantom' crystals inside of crystals, formed as a result of interrupted crystal growth
phantom in German: Phantom
phantom in Spanish: Fantasmas
phantom in Persian: فانتوم (ابهام‌زدایی)
phantom in French: Phantom
phantom in Korean: 팬텀
phantom in Italian: Phantom
phantom in Hebrew: פנטום
phantom in Malayalam: ഫാന്‍റം
phantom in Dutch: Phantom
phantom in Japanese: ファントム
phantom in Portuguese: Fantasma (desambiguação)
phantom in Turkish: Fantom

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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