Definition of optical illusion in English:

optical illusion

Line breaks: op|tic¦al il¦lu|sion

noun

  • 1Something that deceives the eye by appearing to be other than it is.
    More example sentences
    • It is not an optical illusion or trick photography.
    • Consider the famous optical illusion of two identical lines where one has concave triangles at its edges whilst the other has convex triangles at either end.
    • The reason many thought it was magic was because the largest of the tattoos that covered its body, as well as the vast majority, were optical illusions, causing something of a hypnosis to occur with those who dared to stare long enough.
  • 1.1An experience of seeming to see something which does not exist or is other than it appears.
    More example sentences
    • Everyone, from young children to my 94 year-old grandmother, is fascinated by optical illusions.
    • For instance, a very nice test of a robotic vision system would be to see whether it was susceptible to the same optical illusions that we are.
    • This results in an optical illusion known as a mirage.

More definitions of optical illusion

Definition of optical illusion in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea