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apparition


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apparition  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apparition 
  n  1:  an  unusual  appearing  ghostly  figure;  "we  were  unprepared  for 
  the  apparition  that  confronted  us"  [syn:  {phantom},  {specter}, 
  {spectre}] 
  2:  an  unexpected  appearance  or  becoming  visible;  "I  was 
  recalled  to  the  present  by  the  apparition  of  two  cowboys 
  riding  toward  me" 
  3:  something  existing  in  perception  only:  "a  ghostly  apparition 
  at  midnight"  [syn:  {phantom},  {shadow}] 




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