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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mi`rage"
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.

Etymology: F., fr. mirer to look at carefully, to aim, se mirer to look at one's self in a glass, to reflect, to be reflected, LL. mirare to look at. See Mirror

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something illusory and unattainable
  2. An optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects

Borrowing from French mirage

  1. An optical phenomenon in which light is refracted through a layer of hot air close to the ground, giving the appearance of there being refuge in the distance.
  2. (figuratively) An illusion.

mirage was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Mirage

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mirage

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The Second Life of Dr. Mirage is a comics character.


Fun Facts about the name Mirage

  • How Popular is the name Mirage? Mirage is the 32,648th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Mirage have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 132 babies born with the first name Mirage in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mirage to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mirage? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1991 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Mirage born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mirage was in 2006 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Mirage: Your name in reverse order is Egarim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Megair. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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