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An optical phenomenon in which light is refracted through a layer of hot air close to the ground, often giving the illusion of a body of water.

‘optical illusion’; ‘Fata Morgana’;


(military) A short, intense burst of artillery fire from a number of weapons fired with the intention of overwhelming resistance or routing an attacking force.


(figuratively) An illusion.


(transitive) To cause to appear as or like a mirage.


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.

‘By the mirage uplifted the land floats vague in the ether,Ships and the shadows of ships hang in the motionless air.’;


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



something illusory and unattainable


A mirage is a naturally-occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays bend via refraction to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. The word comes to English via the French (se) mirer, from the Latin mirari, meaning .Mirages can be categorized as (meaning lower), (meaning higher) and , one kind of superior mirage consisting of a series of unusually elaborate, vertically stacked images, which form one rapidly-changing mirage.

‘to look at, to wonder at’; ‘inferior’; ‘superior’; ‘Fata Morgana’;

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