reflection meaning

[ ri'flekʃən ] Pronunciation:   "reflection" in a sentence
Noun: reflection  ri'flekshun
  1. A calm, lengthy, intent consideration
    - contemplation, reflexion [Brit], rumination, musing, thoughtfulness 
  2. The phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
    - reflexion [Brit] 
  3. Expression without words
    "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
    - expression, manifestation, reflexion [Brit] 
  4. A likeness in which left and right are reversed
    - mirror image, reflexion [Brit] 
  5. The image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)
    "he studied his reflection in the mirror"
    - reflexion [Brit] 
  6. (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed 
  7. A remark expressing careful consideration
    - observation, reflexion [Brit] 
  8. The ability to reflect beams or rays
    - reflexion [Brit], reflectivity

Derived forms: reflections

Type of: alikeness, comment, consideration, demo, demonstration, icon, ikon, image, input, likeness, physical phenomenon, physical property, picture, remark, similitude, transformation

Encyclopedia: Reflection


The change of direction which a ray of light, sound, or radiant heat undergoes when it strikes a surface; also see law of reflection.

1. The turning back of a ray by a surface it strikes. Examples of reflecting media are the surface of the earth, the polished surface of a material, and a layer of the ionosphere. Compare REFRACTION.
2. The return of energy to the source by the mismatched end of a transmission line or by the end of a radiator.

also Brit re·flex·ion n
1 : an instance of reflecting; esp : the return of light or sound waves from a surface
2 : the production of an image by or as if by a mirror
a : the action of bending or folding back
b : a reflected part or a fold ‹the mesentery is a reflection of the peritoneum›
4 : something produced by reflecting; esp : an image given back by a reflecting surface


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  1. law is the reflection of economic conditions.
  2. the reflection of flames lighted the sky.
  3. i meant no reflection on anybody.
  4. you are a young lady of deep reflection.
  5. you should have cast reflections on her.

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