mir＝to wonder（惊讶）,to behold（看见）
/'mɪrɑ:ʒ, mɪ'rɑ:ʒ; mə`rɑʒ/
1 optical illusion caused by hot air conditions, esp that of a sheet of water seeming to appear in the desert or on a hot road 海市蜃楼.
2 (fig 比喻) any illusion or hope that cannot be fulfilled 不能实现的希望; 幻想; 妄想.
1800-1900; Language: French;Origin:
an effect caused by hot air in a desert, which makes you think that you can see objects when they are not actually there
a dream, hope, or wish that cannot come true
= illusion Perhaps we are just chasing a mirage.
1. The travellers found that the oasis was only a mirage. 旅行者发现绿洲只是海市蜃楼而已。
2. The travellers found that the oasis was only a mirage. 旅行者发现绿洲只是海市蜃楼而已。