What does Illusion mean?

Definitions for Illusion
ɪˈlu ʒənIllu·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. illusion, semblancenoun

    an erroneous mental representation

  2. illusion, fantasy, phantasy, fancynoun

    something many people believe that is false

    "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"

  3. delusion, illusion, head gamenoun

    the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

  4. magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deceptionnoun

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Wiktionary

  1. illusionnoun

    Anything that seems to be something that it is not.

  2. illusionnoun

    A misapprehension; a belief in something that is in fact not true.

    Jane has this illusion that John is in love with her.

  3. illusionnoun

    A magician's trick.

  4. illusionnoun

    The fact of being an illusion (in any of the above senses).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illusionnoun

    an unreal image presented to the bodily or mental vision; a deceptive appearance; a false show; mockery; hallucination

  2. Illusionnoun

    hence: Anything agreeably fascinating and charning; enchantment; witchery; glamour

  3. Illusionnoun

    a sensation originated by some external object, but so modified as in any way to lead to an erroneous perception; as when the rolling of a wagon is mistaken for thunder

  4. Illusionnoun

    a plain, delicate lace, usually of silk, used for veils, scarfs, dresses, etc

Freebase

  1. Illusion

    An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. While illusions distort reality, they are generally shared by most people. Illusions may occur with more of the human senses than vision, but visual illusions, optical illusions, are the most well known and understood. The emphasis on visual illusions occurs because vision often dominates the other senses. For example, individuals watching a ventriloquist will perceive the voice is coming from the dummy since they are able to see the dummy mouth the words. Some illusions are based on general assumptions the brain makes during perception. These assumptions are made using organizational principles, like Gestalt, an individual's ability of depth perception and motion perception, and perceptual constancy. Other illusions occur because of biological sensory structures within the human body or conditions outside of the body within one’s physical environment. The term illusion refers to a specific form of sensory distortion. Unlike a hallucination, which is a distortion in the absence of a stimulus, an illusion describes a misinterpretation of a true sensation. For example, hearing voices regardless of the environment would be a hallucination, whereas hearing voices in the sound of running water would be an illusion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illusion

    il-lū′zhun, n. a playing upon: a mocking: deceptive appearance: false show: error.—n. Illū′sionist, one who is subject to illusions: one who produces illusions, as sleight-of-hand tricks, for entertainment.—adjs. Illū′sive, Illū′sory, deceiving by false appearances: false.—adv. Illū′sively.—n. Illū′siveness. [See Illude.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Illusion' in Nouns Frequency: #2618

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Illusion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Illusion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Illusion in a Sentence

  1. Wes Craven:

    All of us have the potential of being evil, the idea of the American dream community is an illusion. And the thought that you can construct a society that is free of evil is dangerous because you start to act very self-righteously.

  2. Laurence Wormald:

    Crowding and herding is the big problem with smart-beta, the illusion of being able to permanently depress the risk on equities through smart-beta or minimum-variance strategies has been very, very appealing, and a lot of money has piled in, but that delusion cannot be kept up because it's based on a strategy that doesn't work when the crowd arrives.

  3. Laurence Wormald:

    The illusion of being able to permanently depress the risk on equities through smart-beta or minimum-variance strategies has been very, very appealing, and a lot of money has piled in, but that delusion cannot be kept up because it's based on a strategy that doesn't work when the crowd arrives.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. The ego poeticizes illusion. 2. Genius is the subjective empathy of comfort. 3. Despair is a coma of illusion. 4. Selfishness tries to materialize to give it the matter of illusion, meaning then in reality which is an infinite emptiness. 5. Insomnia of insight, you will comprehend the endless emptiness of life. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Japanese Proverb:

    Art is the illusion of spontaneity.

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