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an optical illusion
  relating to sight or light
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optics optic
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  • an optical illusion
  • the optic nerve
  • fiber-optic cable to the home
  • corrected the Hubble telescope’s optics

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  • But, on the other hand, they connect diagonally, and the sprawling outlines run off in great slanting waves of optic horror, like a lot of wallowing seaweeds in full chase.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Some small part of him wondered if his optic nerves were being manipulated by WICKED somehow, if it was all yet another simulation.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She focused on me as if I were a clever optical illusion.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He pulled a pair of night optics from his knapsack, slipped them on his head, flipped down the eyepiece, and fired them up.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The Frenchman talks about optical illusions, electromagnetism; there’s a pause and a peal of static, as though a record is being flipped, and then he enthuses about coal.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • She’s like an optical illusion.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Prisoner 66730 was instructed to report for an optical fitting at 6:30 the following morning.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The hairpin crown was an optical illusion: it’s just hair, graying and cropped short.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Everything was still bathed and saturated with her presence— higher, wider, deeper than life, a shift in optics that had produced a rainbow edge, and I remember thinking that this must be how people felt after visions of saints—not that my mother was a saint, only that her appearance had been as distinct and startling as a flame leaping up in a dark room.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Through the NODS (night optic device) it was a spectacular sight, a vision perhaps of heaven, set in a land of hellish undercurrents and flaming hatreds.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Yet those same bleared optics had a strange, penetrating power, when it was their owner’s purpose to read the human soul.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Already the work area was a mess of tangled wires and pulsating fibre optics.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Wide angle fibre optics.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • At the time I will confess that I thought chiefly of the Philosophical Transactions and my own seventeen papers upon physical optics.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The light from it had beat upon his sealed lids, and the eyes and the optic nerves had pulsated to little, sparklike flashes, warm-coloured and strangely pleasing.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Her attachments wound tightly into place around the nerve centers, some elongating and reaching deeper to where he couldn’t see, under and up into the brain, the optic nerves, the ear canals.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • And yours truly will continuously wink one optic or the other.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Sooner have me as I am than some poet chap with bearsgrease plastery hair, lovelock over his dexter optic.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They would sometimes alight upon my victuals, and leave their loathsome excrement, or spawn behind, which to me was very visible, though not to the natives of that country, whose large optics were not so acute as mine, in viewing smaller objects.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • What do you know of the science of optics?
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Blue Team knocked out his microwave towers and cut his fiber-optics lines on the assumption that Red Team would now have to use satellite communications and cell phones and they could monitor his communications.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Now came a pause of ten minutes, during which I, by this time in perfect possession of my wits, observed all the female Brocklehursts produce their pocket-handkerchiefs and apply them to their optics, while the elderly lady swayed herself to and fro, and the two younger ones whispered, "How shocking!"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • In the end, the group chose a fiber optics system in which a light image was transmitted directly through a snakelike bundle of glass fibers and then displayed on the viewers.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Nobody would believe that he found it necessary to absorb his sex at long range through optic nerves and binoculars.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • She wanted to communicate in this secondary way, with optic fluids.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • There’s no taint of pain, real pain, in the sensations of the optic nerve.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At evening, from the top of Fesole, Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers, or mountains, in her spotty globe.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The landline was fiber optic, located in a steel conduit under a paved street.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • She screwed her dim optics to their acutest point, in the hope of making out, with greater distinctness, a certain window, where she half saw, half guessed, that a tailor’s seamstress was sitting at her work.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Then she placed her hands, vertically, over her eyes and pressed the heels hard, as though to paralyze the optic nerve and drown all images into a voidlike black.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • "My son has been living abroad for two years," the man’s father said, "earning a Ph.D. in Boston, researching in the field of fiber optics."
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Gyroscopic crystals in the binoculars hummed slightly as they stabilized the optics and swept the area in a programmed search pattern.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • High-dose ethambutol is associated with optic neuritis and loss of color vision in a small proportion of adults, but kids can’t report loss of color vision, so it shouldn’t be used.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • But she knew that even if the knives were not poised above her optic nerve, she would attend to her nephews only out of duty.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The head of the Aten Mining Project, he had degrees in optics, astronomy and geology.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • He’d even painted the room, from its sky blue to a barren, optic white.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The man was giggling about an optics experiment he’d conducted as a teenager.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Finding clear evidence that the right eye’s optic nerve has somehow been cut, he decides to reexamine.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • But as his brain swelled with internal bleeding, bone or bullet frag— ments that were in his eye severed his optic nerves.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The top surface of the computer is smooth except for a fisheye lens, a polished glass dome with a purplish optical coating.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Thus by association with the initial letters they mastered the twelve cranial nerves: olfactory, optic, oculomotor, trochlear, and the rest.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Nearby, I visited a Japanese-owned fiber-optic-material manufacturer, and a company that makes specialized metal parts for intercontinental ballistic missiles.
    Adam Davidson  --  Making It in America
  • The valve was masked by flesh-colored tape, as were the electrodes on her temples and chest and the hole they had cut above one of her young breasts to insert a fiber-optic tube into her heart.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • If it were his eyeballs only that were affected, or if his optic nerve were not wholly destroyed, the explanation was simple.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • As for Hans Castorp’s case, the optical and acoustical results corresponded as precisely as one could ever demand of science.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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