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heat haze

noun

a shimmering near the ground distorting views of distant objects, caused by atmosphere in hot weather

Examples

The horizon melted away in the heat haze.

Word Origin

1884

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  • They were there in the filth, in the heat haze, in a mist of miasma and mosquitoes.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • The heat haze lay upon it, simmering in an endless stretch of floating vapour.

    The Siege of Mafeking (1900) J. Angus Hamilton.
  • Imperceptibly the camp and the trees marking the river's course fell below us and into the heat haze.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • The heat haze steadied around the dim white line, so we could make out the individual animals.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • The heat haze was rising, and the clear white sunlight was master of earth and sky.

    The Delafield Affair

    Florence Finch Kelly
  • A heat haze was abroad, and his over-excited eyes seemed to see smoke everywhere.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • At mid-day it was colourless, glaring, steel-flashing, with the sunlight blazing and everything shimmering in the heat haze.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
  • The sun was just breaking through the heat haze; early waggons were passing, and already men were coming in to work.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Above their heads, through the trees, he could see right away to some Downs, faint in the July heat haze.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • A couple of hours later the sun was out, and the distant hills shimmering in the heat haze.

    Count Bunker J. Storer Clouston

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