illusion


il·lu·sion

noun \i-ˈlü-zhən\

: something that looks or seems different from what it is : something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real

: an incorrect idea : an idea that is based on something that is not true

Full Definition of ILLUSION

1
a obsolete :  the action of deceiving
b (1) :  the state or fact of being intellectually deceived or misled :  misapprehension
(2) :  an instance of such deception
2
a (1) :  a misleading image presented to the vision (2) :  something that deceives or misleads intellectually
b (1) :  perception of something objectively existing in such a way as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature
(2) :  hallucination 1 (3) :  a pattern capable of reversible perspective
3
:  a fine plain transparent bobbinet or tulle usually made of silk and used for veils, trimmings, and dresses
il·lu·sion·al \-ˈlüzh-nəl, -ˈlü-zhə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of ILLUSION

  1. The video game is designed to give the illusion that you are in control of an airplane.
  2. They used paint to create the illusion of metal.
  3. She says that all progress is just an illusion.

Illustration of ILLUSION

Origin of ILLUSION

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin illusion-, illusio, from Latin, action of mocking, from illudere to mock at, from in- + ludere to play, mock — more at ludicrous
First Known Use: 14th century

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il·lu·sion

noun \il-ˈü-zhən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ILLUSION

1
: a misleading image presented as a visual stimulus
2
a : perception of something objectively existing in such a way as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature; especially : optical illusion—compare delusion 2 b : hallucination 1 c : a pattern capable of reversible perspective
il·lu·sion·al \-ˈüzh-nəl, -ən-əl\ adjective

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