An example of a mirage is when you believe you see water or a ship in the desert when it isn't really there.
- an optical illusion in which the image of a distant object, as a ship or an oasis, is made to appear nearby, floating in air, inverted, etc.: it is caused by the refraction of light rays from the object through layers of air having different densities as the result of unequal temperature distributions
- something that falsely appears to be real
Origin of mirageFrench from (se) mirer, to be reflected from Vulgar Latin mirare, to look at, for Classical Latin mirari: see miracle
- An optical phenomenon that creates the illusion of water, often with inverted reflections of distant objects, and results from distortion of light by alternate layers of hot and cool air. Also called fata morgana .
- Something illusory or insubstantial.
Origin of mirageFrench from mirer to look at from Latin mīrārī to wonder at from mīrus wonderful ; see smei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present mirages, present participle miraging, simple past and past participle miraged)
- To cause to appear as or like a mirage.