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mi·rage

 (mĭ-räzh′)
n.
1. An optical phenomenon that creates the illusion of water, often with inverted reflections of distant objects, and results from distortion of light by alternate layers of hot and cool air. Also called fata morgana.
2. Something illusory or insubstantial.

[French, from mirer, to look at, from Latin mīrārī, to wonder at, from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots.]

mirage

(mɪˈrɑːʒ)
n
1. (General Physics) an image of a distant object or sheet of water, often inverted or distorted, caused by atmospheric refraction by hot air
2. something illusory
[C19: from French, from (se) mirer to be reflected]

mi•rage

(mɪˈrɑʒ)

n.
1. an optical phenomenon, esp. in the desert or at sea, by which the image of an object appears displaced above, below, or to one side of its true position as a result of spatial variations of the index of refraction of air.
2. something illusory.
[1795–1805; < French, = (se) mir(er) to look at (oneself), be reflected + -age -age]

mi·rage

(mĭ-räzh′)
An optical illusion in which nonexistent bodies of water and upside-down reflections of objects appear in the distance. A mirage occurs when light is bent after entering a low layer of hot air at an angle.

mirage

- From French se mirer, "be reflected," from Latin mirare, "look at"—the same root used in mirror.
See also related terms for mirror.

mirage

An optical illusion caused by the bending of light passing between air layers of differing density.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mirage - an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objectsmirage - an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects
fata morgana - a mirage in the Strait of Messina (attributed to the Arthurian sorcerer Morgan le Fay)
optical illusion - an optical phenomenon that results in a false or deceptive visual impression
2.mirage - something illusory and unattainablemirage - something illusory and unattainable
misconception - an incorrect conception

mirage

noun illusion, vision, hallucination, pipe dream, chimera, optical illusion, phantasm Through my half-closed eyelids I began to see mirages.

mirage

noun
Translations
سَراب
fata morgana
fata morganaluftspejling
kangastus
délibáb
hillingar, tíbrá
miražas
mirāža
fatamorgána

mirage

[ˈmɪrɑːʒ] Nespejismo m

mirage

[ˈmɪrɑːʒ] nmirage m
to be a mirage (= an illusion) → être un mirage

mirage

nFata Morgana f, → Luftspiegelung f; (fig)Trugbild nt, → Illusion f

mirage

[ˈmɪrɑːʒ] nmiraggio

mirage

(ˈmiraːʒ) , ((especially American) miˈra:ʒ) noun
an illusion of an area of water in the desert or on a road etc.
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"It is merely the effect of the MIRAGE," said the doctor, "and nothing else--a simple optical phenomenon due to the unequal refraction of light by different layers of the atmosphere, and that is all.
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And through the swaying, palpitant vision, as through a fairy mirage, he stared at the real woman, sitting there and talking of literature and art.