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n. & adj. Archaic
Variant of phantom.
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an archaic spelling of phantom
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(ˈfæn təm)

1. an apparition or specter.
2. an appearance or illusion without material substance, as a mirage or optical illusion.
3. a person or thing of merely illusory power, status, efficacy, etc.: the phantom of fear.
4. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a phantom; illusory: a phantom ship; an amputee with a phantom limb.
5. nonexistent; fictitious: phantom employees on the payroll.
[1250–1300; Middle English fantosme < Middle French, Old French < Latin phantasma phantasm]
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Fantom was working feverishly to get its wireless technology to market before the company went bankrupt nearly 16 months ago.
Here are a few of the events in the interim: Royal agreed to an acquisition by Techtronic Industries; Service Merchandise and Ames disappeared as retail entities; Salton revealed it was working with Fantom technology to introduce machines in 2003; Dyson brought its multicyclonic upright to this country; and Roomba became the first American robotic vac, for a mere $200.
Mark Rosenzweig, the company's co-owner, said Fantom models "are close to $200" at the top of the line.
He finally reached licensing agreements with a Japanese company and with Iona, Fantom's predecessor, in the 1980s, and the Fantom Dual Cyclone bagless upright appeared in 1991.
Fantom, the pioneer in cyclonic-action cleaning, is no more.
In 1991, Iona added the Fantom Dual Cyclone bagless upright, creating an outer wind of 200 mph to capture dirt and larger particles, and an inner swirl of 924 mph, enough to remove smoke, explained Dyson.
Fantom is gone, its assets purchased by Euro-Pro and Salton.
Likewise, Fantom is history, but Euro-Pro is growing, Bosch is back and the East Asian suppliers are making a bigger push.
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