What does the word apparition mean?

Usage examples for apparition

  1. This apparition must account for itself in the morning." – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  2. Oh, yes," he assented, with false enthusiasm, when a black and white apparition appeared before them, no less a person than Sir Charles. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  3. Then he mentioned to Nevill the apparition of that mysterious caravan which had appeared, and vanished. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson