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mi·rage

mirage

 
 
pronunciation:
mih razh
part of speech: noun
definition: an illusion in which something is seen in the distance but is not really there. A mirage often occurs in the desert or on hot pavement, creating the illusion of water. A mirage is caused when light is reflected by air masses of different temperatures.
The travelers thought they'd spotted an oasis in the desert, but it was only a mirage.
similar words:
illusion