1. 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.
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.”
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.
n 1: a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the
apparition that confronted us" [syn: phantom, phantasm,
phantasma, specter, spectre]
2: the appearance of a ghostlike figure; "I was recalled to the
present by the apparition of a frightening specter"
3: something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition
at midnight" [syn: phantom, phantasm, phantasma, shadow]
4: an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly;
"natives were amazed at the apparition of this white