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shadow

noun (DARKNESS)    /ˈʃæd.əʊ/ US  /-oʊ/
B1 [C] an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something: The children were playing, jumping on each other's shadows. Jamie followed his mother around all day like a shadow. The sun shone through the leaves, casting/throwing shadows on the lawn. This corner of the room is always in shadow (= slight darkness).Darkness and becoming dark the shadows [plural] an area of darkness in which people and things cannot be seen: Someone jumped out of the shadows and grabbed my handbag.Darkness and becoming dark [C] a small dark area of skin under your eye: She put on some make-up to cover the dark shadows under her eyes.The eye and surrounding areaEyesight, glasses and lensesUsing the eyes be in/under the shadow of sth to be very close to a larger building or place: They live in a charming house in the shadow of the cathedral.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen to be in a situation in which something unpleasant either seems likely to happen and to have a bad effect on your life, or is already having a bad effect on your life: We are all living under the shadow of war.Unsafe and insecure
(Definition of shadow noun (DARKNESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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