The thing is there might not be a word for it, but if there is I am looking for the exact word for it.

The meaning of the word would literally be 'Has no shadow' or 'Shadow-less.'

You might not say there is such a thing but fire nor plasma cast a visible shadow.

P.S. Although I do have the answer 'shadowless' in my question I am looking for a different word other then that.

  • Would 'transparent' not suffice? – seagull Nov 11 '14 at 10:23
  • @seagull Fire is not transparent. Anything that emits sufficient light itself does not cast a visible shadow. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 11 '14 at 10:23
  • What I think of transparent is to mean 'Not see though.' What I am looking for is for something that means it doesn't have a shadow – BlazeOfLight Nov 11 '14 at 10:26
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    Please do not use region tags like american-english when it makes no sense whatsoever to do so. – tchrist Nov 11 '14 at 12:13
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    @BlazeOfLight You shouldn't need a tag to indicate English at all - This is ELU; If you're getting answers in other languages, we're doing it wrong. – user867 Nov 12 '14 at 0:50

There is actually a perfectly straightforward word for this in English, and you’ve even included it in your question: shadowless.

The OED defines shadowless as –

  1. Casting no shadow.
  2. Of a lamp or its furniture: So constructed as to cast no shadow.
  3. Having no shadows on its surface; unsheltered from the sun. Of light, the sky, etc.: Unclouded.

The third of these meanings goes against the meaning you intend, of course; but the word is instantly recognisable and understandable, and though it’s rare, you should have no qualms about using it.

If you’re more interested in using a ‘Classical’ term, Ancient Greek has ἄσκιος, which has the exact same duality in meaning: either ‘unclouded/unshadowed’ or ‘casting no shadow’.

If there were a Latin word, it might be expected to be something like *inumbralis, but as far as I can tell, there isn’t. It would also be quite ambiguous in Latin, since inumbrō means ‘to overshadow’.

  • Janus, thanks for your remark, but I am just wondering is if there is an other word then shadowless that I can use? – BlazeOfLight Nov 11 '14 at 10:44
  • None that I am aware of. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 11 '14 at 10:46
  • Damn, you actually did get to Ascians, which was what came to my mind. Now I have nothing else to say. :) – tchrist Nov 11 '14 at 12:14

I guess you could say ascius in Latin, which literally means without shadow;

From Latin ascius (“without shadow”),
from Ancient Greek ἄσκιος (áskios, “without shadow”),
from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + σκιά (skiá, “shadow”)

ascian (plural ascians or ascii)

person or thing without a shadow
person or thing found close to the Equator

  • No probs at all. Glad it helped. ☺ – kip Nov 11 '14 at 10:56

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