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Princeton's WordNet

  1. miragenoun

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

  2. miragenoun

    something illusory and unattainable


  1. miragenoun

    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.

  2. miragenoun

    An illusion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Miragenoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Mirage

    A mirage is 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 same root as for "mirror" and "to admire". In contrast to a hallucination, a mirage is a real optical phenomenon which can be captured on camera, since light rays actually are refracted to form the false image at the observer's location. What the image appears to represent, however, is determined by the interpretive faculties of the human mind. For example, inferior images on land are very easily mistaken for the reflections from a small body of water. Mirages can be categorized as "inferior", "superior" and "Fata Morgana", one kind of superior mirage consisting of a series of unusually elaborate, vertically stacked images, which form one rapidly changing mirage.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mirage

    mi-räzh′, n. an optical illusion by which objects are seen double, or as if suspended in the air. [Fr.—mirer—L. mirāri.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mirage

    A word, which has crept into use since the French expedition to Egypt, to express the extraordinary refraction which light undergoes when strata of air, of different densities, extend above each other. The mirage, reflecting objects at a great height, inverts and doubles the image.

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Anagrams for mirage »

  1. gamier, imager, maigre, Margie

  2. Gamier

  3. Imager

  4. Maigre

  5. Margie

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mirage in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mirage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mirage in a Sentence

  1. Amenorhu kwaku:

    I have watched the ways of the world. She makes promises like a dream and her treasures are an alluring mirage. Humanity cling desperately to mortal life in order to gratified this dream and its treasures. This I have seen to be the root of human suffering.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    If Americans are working harder than ever earning less than they once did, our government and our leaders should step up, offer a plan, fix what's wrong -- or they should step aside, the recovery has been everywhere but in the family paychecks. The American Dream has become a mirage for far too many.

  3. Adela Galvan:

    A lot of people got taken by the lies of Trump, by the power and the things he portrayed that were really a mirage.

  4. Mark Meadows:

    Most of the things we campaigned on were a mirage off in the distance.

  5. Wesley D'Amico:

    If life were a desert, dreams would be a mirage.

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    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
    • A. gauge
    • B. investigating
    • C. temptation
    • D. endeavor

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