What does illusion mean?

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ɪˈlu ʒənil·lu·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. illusion, semblance(noun)

    an erroneous mental representation

  2. illusion, fantasy, phantasy, fancy(noun)

    something many people believe that is false

    "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"

  3. delusion, illusion, head game(noun)

    the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas

  4. magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deception(noun)

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Wiktionary

  1. illusion(Noun)

    Anything that seems to be something that it is not.

  2. illusion(Noun)

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

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

  3. illusion(Noun)

    A magician's trick.

  4. illusion(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illusion(noun)

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

  2. Illusion(noun)

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

  3. Illusion(noun)

    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. Illusion(noun)

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. illusion

    A thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.

    The illusion makes parallel lines seem to diverge by placing them on a zigzag-striped background.

    Submitted by JP03 on March 2, 2015  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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How to say illusion in sign language?

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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. Donald Trump:

    The collusion illusion is over.

  2. M. C. Escher:

    Originality is merely an illusion.

  3. Japanese Proverb:

    Art is the illusion of spontaneity.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

  5. Douglas Adams:

    Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

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