Shad·ow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shadowed p. pr. & vb. n. Shadowing.]
1. To cut off light from; to put in shade; to shade; to throw a shadow upon; to overspead with obscurity.
The warlike elf much wondered at this tree,
So fair and great, that shadowed all the ground. --Spenser.
2. To conceal; to hide; to screen. [R.]
Let every soldier hew him down a bough.
And bear't before him; thereby shall we shadow
The numbers of our host. --Shak.
3. To protect; to shelter from danger; to shroud.
Shadowing their right under your wings of war. --Shak.
4. To mark with gradations of light or color; to shade.
5. To represent faintly or imperfectly; to adumbrate; hence, to represent typically.
Augustus is shadowed in the person of Æneas. --Dryden.
6. To cloud; to darken; to cast a gloom over.
The shadowed livery of the burnished sun. --Shak.
I must not see the face O love thus shadowed. --Beau. & Fl.
7. To attend as closely as a shadow; to follow and watch closely, especially in a secret or unobserved manner; as, a detective shadows a criminal.
1. Shade, or gradation of light and color; shading.
2. A faint representation; an adumbration.
There are . . . in savage theology shadowings, quaint or majestic, of the conception of a Supreme Deity. --Tylor.
adj : following surreptitiously; keeping under surveillance;
"always on guard against shadowing submarines" [syn: tailing]
n : the act of following someone secretly [syn: tailing]