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A visually perceived image that is deceptive or misleading.
1. an object causing a false visual impression
2. an instance of deception by such an object
1. something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality.
2. the state or condition of being deceived; misapprehension.
3. an instance of being deceived.
4. a perception, as of visual stimuli (optical illusion), that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality.
5. a delicate tulle of silk or nylon having a cobwebbed appearance, for trimmings, veilings, and the like.
6. Obs. the act of deceiving.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin illūsiō irony, mocking, derivative of illūdere to mock, ridicule =-il -il1 + lūdere to play]
il•lu′sion•al, il•lu′sion•ar`y, adj.
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|Noun||1.||optical illusion - an optical phenomenon that results in a false or deceptive visual impression|
apparent motion, apparent movement, motion, movement - an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object; "the cinema relies on apparent motion"; "the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"
mirage - an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects
optical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon related to or involving light