Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A ghostly figure; a specter.
  • noun A sudden or unusual sight.
  • noun The act of appearing; appearance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause to to appear in phantom form.
  • noun The act of appearing or coming into sight; appearance; the state of being visible; visibility.
  • noun That which appears or becomes visible; an appearance, especially of a remarkable or phenomenal kind.
  • noun Specifically A ghostly appearance; a specter or phantom: now the usual sense of the word.
  • noun In astronomy, the first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been obscured: opposed to occultation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
  • noun The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
  • noun An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; a ghost; a specter; a phantom.
  • noun (Astron.) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to occultation.
  • noun See under Circle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
  • noun The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.
  • noun An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; especially something such as a ghost or phantom.
  • noun astronomy The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured;—opposed to occultation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a ghostly appearing figure
  • noun something existing in perception only
  • noun an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly
  • noun the appearance of a ghostlike figure

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English apparicioun, from Old French apparition, from Late Latin appāritiō, appāritiōn-, an appearance, from Latin appāritus, past participle of appārēre, to appear; see appear.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French apparition, from Latin apparitio, from appareo.

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