mirage definition

  • noun:
    • An optical trend that creates the impression of water, frequently with inverted reflections of distant objects, and outcomes from distortion of light by alternate layers of hot and cool environment. Also known as fata morgana.
    • some thing illusory or insubstantial.
    • An optical event which light is refracted through a layer of heat near to the ground, offering the look of there being refuge into the distance.
    • An illusion.
    • An optical result, occasionally seen on the ocean, but with greater regularity in deserts, because total representation of light at area typical to two strata of environment in a different way heated. The shown picture is observed, commonly in an inverted place, as the genuine item may or may not be coming soon. If the area is horizontal, and below the eye, the appearance is that of a sheet of liquid in which the object is observed mirrored; when the showing area is over the attention, the image sometimes appears projected from the sky. The fata Morgana and looming are species of mirage.
    • An optical illusion as a result of excessive bending of light-rays in traversing adjacent layers of air of commonly various densities, wherein distorted, displaced, or inverted pictures are manufactured.
    • therefore Deceptiveness of appearance; a delusive seeming; an illusion.
    • an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects
    • some thing illusory and unattainable

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