Shadow of death

Shadow of death
Shadow Shad"ow (sh[a^]d"[-o]), n. [Originally the same word as shade. [root]162. See {Shade}.] 1. Shade within defined limits; obscurity or deprivation of light, apparent on a surface, and representing the form of the body which intercepts the rays of light; as, the shadow of a man, of a tree, or of a tower. See the Note under {Shade}, n., 1. [1913 Webster]

2. Darkness; shade; obscurity. [1913 Webster]

Night's sable shadows from the ocean rise. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

3. A shaded place; shelter; protection; security. [1913 Webster]

In secret shadow from the sunny ray, On a sweet bed of lilies softly laid. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. A reflected image, as in a mirror or in water. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. That which follows or attends a person or thing like a shadow; an inseparable companion; hence, an obsequious follower. [1913 Webster]

Sin and her shadow Death. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

6. A spirit; a ghost; a shade; a phantom. ``Hence, horrible shadow!'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. An imperfect and faint representation; adumbration; indistinct image; dim bodying forth; hence, mystical representation; type. [1913 Webster]

The law having a shadow of good things to come. --Heb. x. 1. [1913 Webster]

[Types] and shadows of that destined seed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

8. A small degree; a shade. ``No variableness, neither shadow of turning.'' --James i. 17. [1913 Webster]

9. An uninvited guest coming with one who is invited. [A Latinism] --Nares. [1913 Webster]

I must not have my board pastered with shadows That under other men's protection break in Without invitement. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

{Shadow of death}, darkness or gloom like that caused by the presence or the impending of death. --Ps. xxiii. 4. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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