apparition
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˌæp.əɹˈɪʃn̩/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌæp.ɚˈɪʃ.n̩/, /ˌæp.ɚˈɪ.ʃən/
Noun

apparition (plural apparitions)

  1. An act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
    • the sudden apparition of the Spaniards
    • {{RQ:Scott Waverley|passage=The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world.
  2. The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
    • […] which apparition, it seems, was you.
  3. An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; especially something such as a ghost or phantom.
    The attic is haunted by the ghostly apparition of a young girl who died there.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      I think it is the weakness of mine eyes / That shapes this monstrous apparition.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      The heavenly bands […] a glorious apparition.
  4. (astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; opposed to occultation.
  5. (astronomy) A period of consecutive days or nights when a particular celestial body may be observed, beginning with the heliacal rising of the body and ending with its heliacal setting.
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