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mirage

noun mi·rage \mə-ˈräzh\

: something (such as a pool of water in the middle of a desert) that is seen and appears to be real but that is not actually there

: something that you hope for or want but that is not possible or real

Full Definition of MIRAGE

1
:  an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a hot pavement, that may have the appearance of a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted, and that is caused by the bending or reflection of rays of light by a layer of heated air of varying density
2
:  something illusory and unattainable like a mirage

Examples of MIRAGE

  1. A peaceful solution proved to be a mirage.

Origin of MIRAGE

French, from mirer to look at, from Latin mirari
First Known Use: 1803

mirage

noun mi·rage \mə-ˈräzh\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MIRAGE

:  an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a hot pavement, that may have the appearance of a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted, and that is caused by the bending or reflection of rays of light by a layer of heated air of varying density

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