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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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mirage- From French se mirer, "be reflected," from Latin mirare, "look at"—the same root used in mirror.
See also related terms for mirror.
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An optical illusion caused by the bending of light passing between air layers of differing density.
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|Noun||1.||mirage - 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 unattainable|
misconception - an incorrect conception
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noun illusion, vision, hallucination, pipe dream, chimera, optical illusion, phantasm Through my half-closed eyelids I began to see mirages.
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mirage[ˈmɪrɑːʒ] N → espejismo m
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mirage[ˈmɪrɑːʒ] n → miraggio
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mirage(ˈmiraːʒ) , ((especially American) miˈra:ʒ) noun
an illusion of an area of water in the desert or on a road etc. lugspieëling سَراب мираж miragem fata morgana die Luftspiegelung luftspejling; fata morgana αντικατοπτρισμός, οφθαλμαπάτηespejismo kangastus سراب kangastus mirage חֶזיוֹן תַעתוּעִים मृग मरीचिका fata morgana délibáb fatamorgana hillingar, tíbrá miraggio しんきろう 신기루 miražas mirāža logamaya luchtspiegelingluftspeiling, fata morgana, hildring fatamorgana, złudzenie سراب miragem miraj мираж fatamorgána privid fatamorgana hägring ภาพลวงตา serap 海市蜃樓 міраж سراب ảo ảnh 海市蜃楼
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