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Definition of Mirage


  1. 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.

Mirage Quotations

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced 'mirage'.
Herbert Spencer

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
Will Durant

I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.
Naguib Mahfouz

You know you have a gambling problem when it's 4 A.M. at the Mirage Sports Book and you're walking around going, 'Hey you get the lacrosse scores?'
Artie Lange

I lost $35,000 in less than a week at the Mirage in Las Vegas.
Dennis Rodman
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Mirage Translations

mirage in Dutch is luchtspiegeling, fata morgana
mirage in French is mirage
mirage in German is Luftspiegelung
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