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Phan"tom (?), n. [OE. fantome, fantosme, fantesme, OF. fant&ô;me, fr. L. phantasma, Gr. &unr_;, fr. &unr_; to show. See Fancy, and cf. Phaëton, Phantasm, Phase.] That which has only an apparent existence; an apparition; a specter; a phantasm; a sprite; an airy spirit; an ideal image.
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Strange phantoms rising as the mists arise. Pope.
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She was a phantom of delight. Wordsworth.
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Phantom ship. See Flying Dutchman, under Flying. -- Phantom tumor (Med.), a swelling, especially of the abdomen, due to muscular spasm, accumulation of flatus, etc., simulating an actual tumor in appearance, but disappearing upon the administration of an anæsthetic.
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Phan"tom, a. Being, or of the nature of, a phantom.

Phantom isles are floating in the skies. B. Taylor.
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