Ap`pa*ri"tion (#), n. [F. apparition, L. apparitio, fr. apparere. See Appear.]


The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.


The sudden apparition of the Spaniards. Prescott.

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


The thing appearing; a visible object; a form.

Which apparition, it seems, was you. Tatler.


An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance; a ghost; a specter; a phantom.

"The heavenly bands . . . a glorious apparition."


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.


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