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mirage (optical illusion)

Definition:

an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

mirages

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

fata morgana

Etymology:

French, from mirer, to look at, from Latin mīrārī, to wonder at, from mīrus,...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Mirage

a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. The word comes to English via the French mirage, from the Latin mirari, meaning "to look at, to wonder at". This is the... (45 of 2545 words, 7 images)

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Mirage (disambiguation)

an optical phenomenon. Mirage or The Mirage may also refer to: Mirage (1965 film), a thriller starring Gregory Peck | Mirage (1972 film) (Espejismo), a Peruvian drama directed by Armando Robles Godoy | Mirage (1995 film), a thriller starring Sean Young... (39 of 680 words, 67 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

mirage [optical illusion]

in optics, the deceptive appearance of a distant object or objects caused by the bending of light rays in layers of air of varying density. Under ... (26 of 253 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/384882​/mirage

New World Dictionary:

mirage

an optical illusion in which the image of a distant object, as a ship or an ... | something that falsely appears to be real (24 of 82 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mirage

Columbia Encyclopedia:

mirage | fata morgana | looming

atmospheric optical illusion in which an observer sees in the distance a nonexistent body of water or an image, sometimes distorted, of some object or ... (25 of 455 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/weather​/A​0833367​.html

Collins Dictionary:

mirage

an image of a distant object or sheet of water, often inverted or distorted, caused by atmospheric refraction by hot air | something illusory (23 of 421 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mirage

Merriam-Webster:

mirage | fata morgana [mirage]

an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a ... | something illusory and unattainable like a mirage (23 of 109 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mirage

Oxford Dictionary:

mirage | Fata Morgana

an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, especially the ... | an unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be achieved (19 of 103 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mirage

Wiktionary:

mirage | mirages [plural] | miraged [past tense] | miraging [present participle]

An optical phenomenon in which light is refracted through a layer of hot air close to the ground, giving the appearance of there being refuge in the distance. | [figurative] An illusion. | [transitive] To cause to appear as or like a mirage. (41 of 69 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mirage

Random House Dictionary:

mirage | false pond [western United States] | Mirage [sense-specific]

an optical phenomenon, especially in the desert or at sea, by which the ... | something illusory, without substance or reality. | "Mirage": [military] ... (22 of 67 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mirage

American Heritage Dictionary:

mirage | fata morgana [sense-specific]

An optical phenomenon that creates the illusion of water, often with ... | Something illusory or insubstantial. (16 of 62 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

mirage [countable] | mirages [plural]

a strange effect in a desert or at sea in which you see something that is not really there ; something that seems to be real or true but is not really ... (32 of 56 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mirage

Cambridge Dictionary:

mirage

an image, produced by very hot air, of something which seems to be far away but does not really exist | [literary] a hope or wish that has no chance ... (29 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mirage

Encarta Dictionary:

mirage | mirages [plural]

an optical illusion of a sheet of water appearing in the desert or on a hot ... | something that appears to be real but is unreal or merely imagined (29 of 76 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630371​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

mirage

Origin: 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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Online Etymology:

mirage

First use: 1812

Origin: "optical illusion of water in sandy deserts", from French mirage, from se mirer "to be reflected", from Latin mirare.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=mirage

New World Dictionary:

mirage

Origin: French from (se) mirer, to be reflected from Vulgar Latin mirare, to look at, for Latin mirari: see "miracle"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mirage

Columbia Encyclopedia:

mirage

Origin: morgana: Italian, "Morgan le Fay", of the Arthurian legend, the supposed author of the mirage

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Oxford Dictionary:

mirage

First use: early 19th century

Origin: French, from se mirer "be reflected", from Latin mirare "look at"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mirage

Collins Dictionary:

mirage

First use: 19th century

Origin: from French, from (se) mirer to be reflected

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mirage

Merriam-Webster:

mirage

First use: 1803

Origin: French, from mirer to look at, from Latin mirari

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mirage

Wiktionary:

mirage | mirages [plural] | miraged [past tense] | miraging [present participle]

Origin: Borrowing from French mirage

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mirage

Encarta Dictionary:

mirage | mirages [plural]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: French from mirer "look at" from Latin mirare "wonder at", variant of mirari

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630371​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

mirage

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mirage"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mirage

Macmillan American Dictionary:

mirage [countable] | mirages [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mirage"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/mirage

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mirage [countable] | mirages [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mirage"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mirage

Cambridge Dictionary:

mirage

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "mirage"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "mirage"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mirage

the Free Dictionary:

mirage

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "mirage"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "mirage"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "mirage" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/mirage

Google Dictionary:

mirage | mirages [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "mirage"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

mirage

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mirage"

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YourDictionary Audio:

mirage

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mirage" by speech synthesizer

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