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OPTICAL ILLUSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does optical illusion mean? 

OPTICAL ILLUSION (noun)
  The noun OPTICAL ILLUSION has 1 sense:

1. an optical phenomenon that results in a false or deceptive visual impression

  Familiarity information: OPTICAL ILLUSION used as a noun is very rare.


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OPTICAL ILLUSION (noun)


Sense 1optical illusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An optical phenomenon that results in a false or deceptive visual impression

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("optical illusion" is a kind of...):

optical phenomenon (a physical phenomenon related to or involving light)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "optical illusion"):

apparent motion; apparent movement; motion; movement (an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object)

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


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