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Ghost

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The Japanese rock group Ghost has been mystifying audiences with its invigorating brew of exotic sounds emanating from The Ghost House in Tokyo, as well as temples and other open-air locations. As a youth at a private junior high school, bandleader Masaki Batoh was exposed to rock music during field trips with his music teachers. He reminisces to Wire, One of these places was Jazz Kizza, a small coffee shop that used to play jazz records. Through them [his teachers] I was awakened to the music of Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, Beatles, and Rolling Stones. Batoh also listened to English folk-rockers The Third Ear Band, German rock groups Can, Amon Düül, Popol Vuh, and traditional Japanese folk music.

Batoh founded Ghost with several of his college friends in Tokyo during the early 1980s. From the beginning, the bands lineup was in a state of flux. Batoh explains to Ptolemaic Terrascope, In the beginning, we used to play far-out long freak-outs in small college gigs. But the members of Ghost were always so changeable, mainly because the ideas of each ones methods had always swayed between materialism amd spirituality... some wanted to express themselves through ordinary rock music while others wanted to make music through the philosphical, idealist way.

Ghost had a different name for the first several years of its existence. However, in 1989, prior to the release of its first album, the band was asked by its record company to change its name. Batoh told Ongaku Otaku, The boss of P.S.F. said our previous name, from 1983, was not suitable for our sound then. How do you feel about changing the name? he asked. Okay. So I was thinking, thinking, and one time when I took the train, I saw a poster for the movie Ghost. And I arrived, then, at our name. It sounded nice, its cool.

Ghosts self-titled first album was released in 1991. The material on the album was more song-oriented than the bands live performances, which bandmembers called sokyo, or improvisations Batoh explained the changes in Ghosts stylerta Otaku, When we thought to make an album. Sie playè3jmany sokyo. But when we listened to it, the sound wasiot interesting. At first we played the same ways, then we tried to make some tunes. Easy ones, two chords Sr three chords, using our instruments and sometimes banjo or Japanese instruments. Finally, we cut the songs up with long improvisations.

The bands next album, Second Time Around, was more folk and folk-rock influenced. Ghost began to attract attention around the world, and critics began describing its music using other bands as reference points. This

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Members include Masaki Batoh (b. Tokyo, Ja pan), vocals, guitar; Michio Kurihara (band-member c. 1997), guitar; Kohji Nishino , bass, oral holler, and spiritual shout; Kazuo Ogino , recorders, Celtic harp, lute, piano; Taishi Takizawa , 12 string guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, cello, flute, vibes, piano, and holly talking; Iwao Yamazaki , drums and mantra tangging.

Formed 1982 in Tokyo, Japan; recorded for PSF Records, c. 1989; debut album, Ghost, released on PSF, 1991; recorded for Drag City Records c. 1995; American debut album, Labi Rabi Rabi, on Drag City, 1997; toured United States c. 1995; appeared at Terrastock West Festival, San Francisco c. 1998.

Addresses: Record company Drag City, P. O. Box 476867, Chicago, IL 60647.

did not bother Batoh, as he told Ongaku Otaku, We dont make music, its born from inside us. If our music sounds like some other bands Quicksilver, Amon Düül its all right. We dont care at all. It was born from our inside, naturally and gradually constructed in its production.

Ghost first toured the United States in 1995. Following the live album Temple Stone, the band released its, American debut album, Lama Rabi Rabi, on the Drag City label. In underground rock circles, Ghost was regarded as a major new player. The Wire said of the group, It is [the] diversity of musical influences (many of which are stirred into the same song) that give Ghost their charm and individuality. It seems that anything that can be adapted to fit into their complex musical tapestry so long as it is strange or interesting enough to attract their imagination.

Soon after Lama Rabi Rabi, Batoh released a solo album Collected Works, of unreleased demos and other material. Batoh did not originally intend to release the material, but was persuaded to by friends. He elucidates to The Wire, One day I went into the studio and gathered up all the material I had for songs that had been left there for several years. At the same time I found odd demos with fragments of songwriting, singing, sound effects, and field recordings from various places. I edited together a tape for myself, for my secret joy. When I played it for some friends at Ghost House they suddenly stopped talking, and I thought they must have been disturbed by this rough, ominous sounding music. But as soon as I moved to stop the tape they asked me to leave it playing, they liked it [and] urged me to release the tapes as soon as possible. I never used to listen to other peoples advice about my own music but this time I obeyed.

Another Ghost-related side project is Cosmic Invention, featuring a varying line-up of members of various Japanese underground rock groups. Batoh is very supportive of the underground rock scene in Japan, but never enjoyed pop music from his homeland. He told Ptolemaic Terrascope, The situation regarding popular music in Japan just makes me feel sadness. I never say its hopeless, but almost all Japanese popular music has never produced any impression on my mind except for traditional folk. Although there has been a great number of groups, I have found none of them to be unique or interesting. Theyre content on following on from American and European movements.

In 1997, Ghost played a concert featuring a surprise appearance by Damo Suzuki, the Japanese vocalist for the German band Can during the 1970s, a major influence on Ghost. The following year, members of Ghost toured America with the folk-rock duo Damon and Naomi and Tom Rapp, leader of the 1960s folk-rock group Pearls Before Swine, another of the band members favorite performers. Those three performers shared the stage at the Terrastock West Festival, sponsored by the U.K. magazine Ptolemaic Terrascope. The set ventured from gentle ballads to avant-garde noise, and was a highlight of the three-day event. Ghost continues to amaze and delighta growing number of fans worldwide, mixing disparate musical traditions and influences into an earthbound yet otherworldly musical stew.

Selected discography

Ghost, PSF, 1991, reissued Drag City, 1997.

Improvised Yama Tura, (on Tokyo Flashback Volume 1), PSF, 1991.

Sun Is Tangging (on Tokyo Flaskback Volume 2), PSF, 1992.

Second Time Around, PSF, 1992, reissued Drag City, 1997.

Temple Stone, PSF, 1993, reissued Drag City, 1997.

Images of April (on From The Dead In Space: A Tribute To Tom Rapp), Magic Eye, 1997.

Lama Rabi Rabi, Drag City, 1997.

Return To Coimbula (excerpt on Succour), Flydaddy, 1997.

Return To Coimbula (on Alms), Fleece, 1997.

Moungod Air Cave / Guru In The Echo, Now Sound, 1997.

Masaki Batoh solo

Masaki Batoh, A GhostFrom The Darkened Sea, Now Sound, 1996.

Masaki Batoh, Kikaokubeshi, Now Sound, 1997.

Masaki Batoh, Collected Works, Now Sound, 1997.

(With Masaki Batoh and others), Cosmic Invention, Help Your Satori Mind, Now Sound, 1997.

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Periodicals

Ongaku Otaku, Issue 3.

Ptolemaic Terrascope, April, 1993; September, 1997.

The Wire, January, 1997; August, 1997.

Online

http://www.terrascope.org, (September 28, 1998).

http://www.allmusic.com, (September 28, 1998).

Additional information was obtained through press materials from Drag City Records.

Jim Powers

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ghost When asked if he believed in ghosts, Coleridge replied that he had seen too many to put any trust in their reality. Verifying their existence does not, according to psychics, always depend upon believing the evidence of one's eyes or ears. Freud attributes a belief in ghosts to our sense of ‘the Uncanny’, whereas the Society for Psychical Research, who first met in 1882, attune themselves to empirical manifestations, as in monitoring changes in atmosphere such as unaccountable drops in temperature.

The moot point is whether ghosts are real or whether they belong in the eye or sixth sense of the beholder. Aside from such epistemological questions regarding the nature of reality, even the question of belief in the ghostly is fraught with ambivalence. For example, while denying that she believed in ghosts, Madame du Deffand admitted to being afraid of them. The reality of such fears is borne out by the evidence of tombstones testifying to those who died of fright after seeing a ghost. Those foolhardy enough to spend the night at London's most famous haunted house at 50 Berkeley Square, for instance, did not always live to tell the tale.

Traditionally being a deceased person who appears to the living, a ghost can also appear as a reanimated corpse or even be a supernatural spirit of a non-human variety or animal spirit phantom, as in Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat (1843). Associated often with a particular building, ghosts can be the restless spirits of suicides, those denied a resting place, or those who have met a violent death; hence the grisly apparitions of mutilated or dismembered bodies, like Matthew ‘Monk’ Lewis' Bleeding Nun, or the headless woman, whose image graces many a public house sign across Britain.

Women have been regarded as being particularly sensitive to psychic phenomena. Spiritualism was in vogue for the Victorians, especially since the mechanics of spirit possession involving the female medium, who was overwhelmed by a greater force, reinforced the normative feminine ideal of passive surrender. The empowerment this entailed for women, both mentally and physically, once in the spirit mode was a subversion of the restrictions of femininity. The potential for transgressive behaviour when ‘out of the body’ could manifest itself through blasphemous and obscene language that would drive sitters away from the seance table. Not only could the medium be unruly, but so too could be the spirit or apparition, especially if it turned into a poltergeist which specialized in creating physical disturbances. In Noel Coward's play Blithe Spirit (1941), the troublesome ghost of Elvira appears after a table-rapping session to meddle in her ex-husband's new marriage.

Control over the spirit world through necromancy or the raising of the dead has traversed history from the biblical Witch of Endor, who raises the prophet Samuel's spirit (1 Samuel 28: 11–19) to Aleister Crowley's invocation of the Great God Pan, the result of which allegedly drove him mad. The ghosts of those who died insane or incarcerated against their will have ‘lived on’ to torment their captors and ancestors. Jenny Spinner, after being imprisoned in the East Wing of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, supposedly worked so hard at her spinning wheel that she went mad. One version of her ‘autobiography’ describes how she faked suicide to effect her escape by impersonating her own ghost. That her ghost was reputed to have haunted the East Wing until it was demolished in 1811 is an irony she had not foreseen. Spinner's story probably inspired a later owner of Knebworth House, Edward Bluwer–Lytton, who wrote the short story The Haunted and the Haunters (1857). At his ancestral home, Bulwer–Lytton entertained Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, fellow ghost story writers, who picnicked at midnight in the tower bedroom, which is reputed to be still haunted.

The origin of the term ‘ghost’ is shrouded in cobweb-like uncertainty, which dates back to pre-Teutonic origins. Like the wailing banshee who is a harbinger of death, the ghost cries out for a narrative context, since even the most disembodied ghost needs to be fleshed out with a ghost story. Apparitions and spectres are the cast of a story-line replayed through time, like the lonely sentinel who haunts Chester's Roman ruins or the hungry ghosts of famine-stricken Ireland. Such phantom theatre is captured best by a narrator reciting a spine-chilling tale in a haunted setting to a receptive audience. Ghosts need ghost stories in order to preserve for themselves their most tangible and enduring after-death existence.

Whether ghosts emanate from some mysterious ectoplasm, or are the product of psychical projection emanating from electromagnetic fields glavanized by certain individuals and generated by certain locations, or are psychosomatic hallucinations, is still unknown. Do the ghost and ancestral spirit stories of so many cultures represent a subconscious challenge to a collective fear of death, or do they express the uncertainty surrounding our individual corporeality? Having survived the advent of the electric light bulb, ghosts appear to be here to stay. Neither do they fear to tread beyond the traditional boundaries of the ivy-covered Gothic ruin. Nowadays psychic investigators and exorcists are invited to hauntings that take place on recently built housing estates. Like Oscar Wilde's eponymous hero in The Canterville Ghost (1887), for whom clanking chains and a creaking suit of armour were passé, the modern ghost is moving into new territory, such as the world of the computer, where its ghostly presence ventures to compete with the virtual realities of cyberspace.

Marie Mulvey-Roberts


See also ectoplasm.

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299. Ghost

  1. Akakyevich, Akakii his ghost steals coats off peoples backs. [Russ. Lit.: Gogol The Overcoat ]
  2. Alfonso the murdered prince returns as a ghost to frustrate the usurper and proclaim the true heir. [Br. Lit.: Walpole The Castle of Otranto in Magill I, 124]
  3. Alonzo the Brave appears as ghost to lover. [Br. Lit.: Alonzo the Brave in Walsh Modern, 14]
  4. Andrea ghost returns to the Spanish court to learn of the events that followed his death. [Br. Drama: The Spanish Tragedy in Magill II, 990]
  5. Angels of Mons a spectral army of angels that supposedly came between German and British forces (1914). [Br. and Fr. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 447]
  6. Banquo his ghost appears to Macbeth at a banquet, sitting in Macbeths own seat. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Macbeth ]
  7. Bhta haunter of cemeteries; attendant of Shiva. [Hindu Myth.: Parrinder, 45]
  8. Blithe Spirit ghost of witty first wife returns to mock her husband and his second wife. [Br. Drama: Noel Coward Blithe Spirit in On Stage, 236]
  9. Caesars ghost warns Brutus that he and Caesar will meet, again at Phillipi. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Julius Caesar ]
  10. Canterville ghost after haunting an English house for three centuries, disappeared forever when new American owners refused to take him seriously. [Br. Lit.: Oscar Wilde The Canterville Ghost]
  11. Casper meek little ghost who desires only to make friends. [Am. Comics: Casper the Friendly Ghost in Horn, 162]
  12. Devil and Daniel Webster, The Webster defends his client before a jury of the ghosts of American villains. [Am. Lit.: Haydn & Fuller, 382]
  13. Drury Lane Theater Ghost said to bring great acting success to those who see it. [Br. Folklore: Wallechinsky, 446]
  14. Epworth Poltergeist supposedly invaded the house of Rev. Samuel Wesley. [Am. Folklore: Wallechinsky, 446]
  15. Flying Dutchman ghost ship off Cape of Good Hope; sighting it forbodes disaster. [Folklore: Brewer Note-Book, 335]
  16. Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The New England cottage haunted by the spirit of its 19th-century owner. [Am. TV: Terrace]
  17. Ghost Goes West, The merry Scottish ghost follows his castle when it is moved to America. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell]
  18. Ghost of Charles Rosmer , the itinerant peddler returns to the property where he was murdered. [Folklore: Wallechinsky, 446]
  19. Ghost of Christmas Past , the Scrooges first monitor; spirit presenting past. [Br. Lit.: A Christmas Carol ]
  20. Ghost of Christmas Present , the Scrooges second monitor; spirit presenting present. [Br. Lit.: A Christmas Carol ]
  21. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, the Scrooges third monitor; spirit presenting future. [Br. Lit.: A Christmas Carol ]
  22. Ghost of Hamlets Father , the appears to the prince, states he was murdered by Claudius and demands revenge. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet ]
  23. Ghosts Walk, the spirit and step of Lady Morbury Dedlock. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House ]
  24. Glas, Bodach ghostly bearer of evil tidings. [Br. Lit.: Waverley ]
  25. Headless Horseman, the phantom who scares Ichabod Crane out of his wits. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories ]
  26. Homunculus formless spirit of learning. [Ger. Lit.: Faust ]
  27. Kirby, George and Marian ghosts who occupy Toppers house. [TV: Topper in Terrace II, 381]
  28. Ligeia months after her own death and the narrators remarriage, she materializes upon the death of his second wife. [Am. Lit.: Poe Ligeia ]
  29. Marley the friendly ghost who helps Ebenezer Scrooge become more benevolent. [Br. Lit.: A Christmas Carol ]
  30. Mauthe Doog ghostly black spaniel that haunted Peel Castle. [Br. Folklore: Benét, 649]
  31. Morland, Catherine terrified by imagined ghosts at the medieval abbey where she is a guest. [Br. Lit.: Northanger Abbey in Benét, 720]
  32. Nighe, Bean ghost of a woman who died in childbirth. [Scot. Folklore: Briggs, 1516]
  33. Phantom of the Opera, The deformed man haunts opera house for vengeance. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 562]
  34. Phantom, The mysterious, ghostlike foe of injustice in a mythical African-Asian country. [Am. Comics: Horn, 551]
  35. Quint, Peter and Miss Jessel former lovers return to haunt house. [Am. Lit.: The Turn of the Screw ]
  36. Richard III visited by the ghosts of all his victims. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Richard III ]
  37. Ruddigore the ghosts of his ancestors confront the current baronet and change his life. [Br. Opera: Gilbert and Sullivan Ruddigore ]
  38. Samuel his spirit appears to Saul through the witch of Endor. [O.T.: I Samuel 28:24]
  39. Short Hoggers of Whittinghame ghost of baby murdered by his mother cannot rest because he is nameless. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 363364]
  40. Topper house he purchases is haunted by the young couple who owned it previously and their dog. [Am. Lit., Cin., TV: Topper in Halliwell, 718]
  41. Vermilion Phantom ghost rumored to have appeared at various times in French history, such as before deaths of Henry IV and Napoleon. [Fr. History: Wallechinsky, 445]
  42. White House Ghost several people supposedly saw Abraham Lincolns ghost there. [Am. Folklore: Wallechinsky, 447]
  43. White Lady ghost seen in different castles and palaces belonging to Prussias royal family. [Prussian Folklore: Brewer Hand-book, 1207]
  44. White Lady of Avenel a tutelary spirit. [Br. Lit.: The Monastery, Brewer Handbook, 1208]
  45. White Lady of Ireland the domestic spirit of a family; intimates approaching death with shrieks [Irish Folklore: Brewer Handbook, 1208]
  46. Wild Huntsman spectral hunter with dogs who frequents the Black Forest. [Ger. Folklore: Brewer Handbook, 1207]

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ghost now chiefly, an apparition of a dead person which is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image and attempting to right a wrong done in life; this sense of the word is recorded from late Middle English.

The word is recorded from Old English (in form gāst) in the sense ‘spirit, soul’, and is of Germanic origin; the gh- spelling occurs first in Caxton, and was probably influenced by Flemish gheest.
Ghost Dance an American Indian religious cult of the second half of the 19th century, based on the performance of a ritual dance, lasting sometimes for several days, which, it was believed, would drive away white people, bring the dead back to life, and restore the traditional lands and way of life. Advocated by the Sioux chief Sitting Bull, the cult was central to the uprising that was crushed at the Battle of Wounded Knee.
ghost in the machine the mind viewed as distinct from the body, a term coined in 1949 by the philosopher Gilbert Ryle for a viewpoint which he regarded as completely misleading.
ghost town a deserted town with few or no remaining inhabitants; typically one which was previously at the centre of a gold-mining site where the vein is now exhausted.
the ghost walks money is available and salaries will paid. The phrase has been explained by the story that an actor playing the ghost of Hamlet's father refused to ‘walk again’ until the cast's overdue salaries had been paid.
ghost word a word recorded in a dictionary or other reference work which is not actually used. The term is first recorded in a paper entitled ‘Report upon ‘.Ghost-words’. ’ by the philologist W. W. Skeat (1835–1912), in which he warned against such inclusions.
give up the ghost die; the literal meaning here is ‘give up the soul or spirit’.

See also Holy Ghost at holy.

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ghost / gōst/ • n. an apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image: the building is haunted by the ghost of a monk | fig. the ghosts of communism returned to haunt the living. ∎  [as adj.] appearing or manifesting but not actually existing: the Flying Dutchman is the most famous ghost ship. ∎  a faint trace of something: she gave the ghost of a smile. ∎ archaic a spirit or soul. ∎  a faint secondary image produced by a fault in an optical system or on a cathode-ray screen, e.g., by faulty television reception or internal reflection in a mirror or camera. • v. 1. [tr.] act as ghostwriter of (a work): his memoirs were smoothly ghosted by a journalist. 2. [intr.] glide smoothly and effortlessly: they ghosted up the river. PHRASES: the ghost in the machine Philos. the mind viewed as distinct from the body (usually used in a derogatory fashion by critics of dualism). give up the ghost die. ∎  (of a machine) stop working. look as if you have seen a ghost look very pale and shocked. not stand a ghost of a chance have no chance at all.DERIVATIVES: ghost·like / -ˌlīk/ adj.

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ghost town, term for any once flourishing American community that has been abandoned, generally for economic reasons. While most of the towns have little or no population, they often contain old buildings, which may serve as tourist attractions. Many, such as Virginia City, Nev., were gold-mining towns hastily built during a boom. When the gold strike ended, the itinerant prospectors left. Ranking with the largest and most interesting Western ghost towns are Silver City, Idaho; Elkhorn, Mont.; Bodie, Calif.; and St. Elmo, Colo. Other ghost towns were former milling centers, railroad connections, or oil-well communities. In Texas several ghost towns were originally settled by European exiles who emigrated to the United States following the 1848 revolutions. Some, such as Burning Bush, Tex., were religious havens. Many deserted areas of towns have been restored to their original appearance; notable examples are Denver, Colo., Mystic, Conn., Williamsburg, Va., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

See D. King, Ghost Towns of Texas (1953); F. S. Blanchard, Ghost Towns of New England (1960); L. Florin, Western Ghost Towns (1961); R. Silverberg, Ghost Towns of the American West (1968).

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Ghost

The disembodied spirit or image of a deceased person, appearing to be alive. The term does not include apparitions of the living. Reports of appearances of ghosts go back to ancient times, and ghost stories have always been popular as a special genre of literature. Ghosts are believed to be ethereal, able to penetrate doors and walls, and are often said to appear at the moment of death to a distant relative or friend. Ghosts are also believed to haunt specific localities, either dwellings associated with their earthly life or locales with a tragic history. Children are often reported to have encountered ghostly playmates.

Although the evidence for ghosts is largely anecdotal, it is widespread and persistent. For a detailed discussion of various types of ghosts and related appearances, see apparitions.

(See also double ; haunting ; and dress, phantom )

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ghost soul, spirit OE.; disembodied spirit XIV. OE. gāst = OS. gēst (Du. geest), (O)HG. geist :- WGmc. *ʒaista, which has been connected with Skr. héḍa- anger. The sp. with gh- is first recorded in Caxton's works and is there prob. due to Flem. gheest; it became established late in XVI.
Hence ghostly OE. gāstliċ.

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ghost town • n. a deserted town with few or no remaining inhabitants.

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ghost A spurious seismic reflection which occurs when energy is transmitted upwards from a subsurface shot and then reflected downwards from the surface of the ground or sea. A ghost wave train may interfere with other downward-moving waves, thus modifying their wave-form, and may add a reverberation tail. This type of ghost reflection is one kind of multiple event. A seismic event recorded from a reflector located outside the plane of the seismic section is called an ‘off-section ghost’ and may be a problem in an area where the three-dimensional subsurface topography is pronounced but only a two-dimensional seismic survey is being conducted.

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ghost: see apparition; poltergeist.

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ghostboast, coast, ghost, host, most, oast, post, roast, toast •backmost • headmost • leftmost •endmost • midmost • hindmost •rightmost • topmost • foremost •almost • northernmost • downmost •outmost • southernmost • upmost •utmost • rearmost • lowermost •undermost • innermost • uppermost •aftermost •centremost (US centermost) •westernmost • easternmost •bottommost • outermost • uttermost •nethermost • furthermost •lamp post • bedpost • gatepost •Freepost • impost • guidepost •milepost • signpost • doorpost •outpost • goalpost • newel post •fingerpost • sternpost

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GHOST (gəʊst) global horizontal sounding technique (for collecting atmospheric data)

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