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apparent movement

noun
1.
(psychol) the sensation of seeing movement when nothing actually moves in the environment, as when two neighbouring lights are switched on and off in rapid succession
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  • However, is it not interesting to attribute the apparent movement to irradiation?

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
  • The next was that the apparent movement was in the plumb-line, the line of reference.

    Astronomical Discovery Herbert Hall Turner
  • The bonefish noses around the bait and sucks it in without any apparent movement of the line.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The winter passed without any apparent movement on the part of the executors looking to the discovery of Mrs. Allen's heirs.

    The Allen House T. S. Arthur
  • But in this apparent movement, there are the elements of a more exact view.

  • Now the sun, in its apparent movement round the earth, traverses one degree in four minutes, or fifteen degrees an hour.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • The apparent movement of the players is produced by the turning of the before-mentioned handle.

  • The observer sits with his eye to the telescope, watching the apparent movement of the star.

  • Very rarely is the illusion so marked that the apparent movement is identified to the senses.

    Art Principles

    Ernest Govett
  • They danced in a direction against the apparent movement of the sun, the men leading, the women following.

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