Definitions for: Apparition


[n] an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly; "natives were amazed at the apparition of this white stanger"
[n] something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
[n] the appearance of a ghostlike figure; "I was recalled to the present by the apparition of a frightening specter"
[n] a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ap`pa*ri"tion, n. [F. apparition, L. apparitio, fr.
apparere. See Appear.]
1. The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
--Milton.

The sudden apparition of the Spaniards. --Prescott.

The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much
speculation in that portion of the world. --Sir W.
Scott.

2. The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.

Which apparition, it seems, was you. --Tatler.

3. An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; a
ghost; a specter; a phantom. ``The heavenly bands . . . a
glorious apparition.'' --Milton.

I think it is the weakness of mine eyes That shapes
this monstrous apparition. --Shak.

4. (Astron.) The first appearance of a star or other luminary
after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to
occultation.

Circle of perpetual apparition. See under Circle.

Synonyms: phantom, phantom, shadow, specter, spectre

See Also: appearance, appearance, disembodied spirit, Flying Dutchman, Flying Dutchman, flying saucer, ghost, illusion, semblance, shade, specter, spectre, spirit, spook, UFO, unidentified flying object, wraith

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