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Meaning of MIRAGE

Pronunciation:  mi'râzh

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something illusory and unattainable
  2. [n]  an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects

MIRAGE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: fata morgana, misconception, optical illusion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mi`rage"\, n. [F., fr. mirer to look at carefully, to
aim, se mirer to look at one's self in a glass, to reflect,
to be reflected, LL. mirare to look at. See {Mirror}.]
An optical effect, sometimes seen on the ocean, but more
frequently in deserts, due to total reflection of light at
the surface common to two strata of air differently heated.
The reflected image is seen, commonly in an inverted
position, while the real object may or may not be in sight.
When the surface is horizontal, and below the eye, the
appearance is that of a sheet of water in which the object is
seen reflected; when the reflecting surface is above the eye,
the image is seen projected against the sky. The fata Morgana
and looming are species of mirage.

      By the mirage uplifted the land floats vague in the
      ether, Ships and the shadows of ships hang in the
      motionless air.                          --Longfellow.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a mirage in your dream means your disillusionment. What you think is true about others may turn out to be the contrary.
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