mirror

noun
mir·ror | \ ˈmir-ər , mi-rər \

Definition of mirror 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection She looked at herself in the mirror.

2a : something that gives a true representation the press as a mirror of public opinion —C. G. Bowers

b : an exemplary model She is the mirror of feminine beauty.

mirror

verb
mirrored; mirroring; mirrors

Definition of mirror (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to reflect in or as if in a mirror

2 : resemble

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Other words from mirror

Noun

mirrored \-(r)ərd, -(r)əd \ adjective
mirrorlike \-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for mirror

Synonyms: Noun

glass, looking glass

Synonyms: Verb

image, reflect

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Examples of mirror in a Sentence

Noun

breaking a mirror is supposed to bring seven years of bad luck

Verb

The building was mirrored in the lake. the still waters of the pond mirroring the cloudless sky above
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first cover, in October of 1978, featured a photograph Koko had taken of herself in a mirror. Author: Lindsey Bever, Anchorage Daily News, "Koko, the beloved gorilla that learned to use sign language, has died," 21 June 2018 And because of Spinraza’s uncommon dosing schedule, that could mean the biggest revenues are already in the rear view mirror. Damian Garde, STAT, "Biogen’s rain-making rare-disease drug hits a sales slump," 24 Apr. 2018 The video starts with the steering wheel, but the suspect can briefly be seen in the side-view mirror of the police squad. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan cop was justified in shooting man, says Lake County state’s attorney," 18 Apr. 2018 One inmate who was part of a 2005 lawsuit against IDOC tried to kill himself by swallowing pieces of a broken mirror twice, and by hanging himself with a ripped sheet once. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Crime / News Life inside a supermax prison," 25 Apr. 2018 The craftsmanship of the other items on display such as mirrors, bells and armor, was also exceptional. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 Now, look in the mirror and try to tell me your eyes don't look drastically different after doing so. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "I Tried a Japanese Skin-Care Routine for a Month, and These Are the Results," 9 July 2018 First he was seen with no shirt on, then he was seen with a panda shirt on and was looking in the mirrors and stuff. Karen Kucher, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man wearing panda sweatshirt arrested after being found inside zoo gift store," 26 June 2018 This change at the Recording Academy mirrors that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which in 2009 expanded its best-picture category to 10 films instead of 5. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "The Grammys Mimic the Oscars to Try to Get Better Nominees," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Parent’s ruling mirrors the conclusion drawn previously by Public Access Counselor Luke H. Britt. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Judge: Gary emergency manager did not violate Open Door Law," 2 July 2018 The headline mirrors the one used four years ago after Germany's stunning 7-1 victory over Brazil at the last World Cup -- but this time the nation has been left speechless out of sheer disbelief. Michelle Fitzpatrick, chicagotribune.com, "'No words:' Germany return home after World Cup disappointment," 28 June 2018 The joint effort by the Democratic state attorneys general mirrors the battle over Trump’s travel ban against several Muslim-majority countries — a battle the states lost Tuesday in a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling along ideological lines. Fortune, "17 States Sue Trump Over Family Separation Policy," 26 June 2018 The measure mirrors a bill that Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, carried this year. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "With court case looming, California unions pack state budget with labor goodies," 22 June 2018 This mirrors a similar decision by Millar to offer no second printings of an issue of Hit-Girl, another series of his published at Image. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Netflix shares a trailer for its first comic book," 30 May 2018 Like her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa is known for being a tennis aficionado, and she was photographed at the tournament wearing a striking red wrap dress, mirrored sunglasses, and canvas espadrilles. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Wore a Gorgeous Red Wrap Dress to the French Open," 29 May 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Policy INDIANAPOLIS — Danica Patrick trudged out of the infield care center with her head down, mirrored sunglasses covering the disappointment in her eyes. Mark Long, Houston Chronicle, "Danica Patrick ends racing career with crash at Indy 500," 27 May 2018 This analysis mirrors Polanyi’s of the Soviet Union. The Economist, "Corbynomics would change Britain—but not in the way most people think," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of mirror

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mirror

Noun

Middle English mirour "object with a reflective surface, reflection, model of conduct," borrowed from Anglo-French mirur, mireour, from mirer "to look at" (going back to Latin mīrārī "to be surprised, look with wonder at") + -ur, -eour -or entry 1 — more at admire

Verb

derivative of mirror entry 1

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mirror

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mirror

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of glass that reflects images

: something that shows what another thing is like in a very clear and accurate way

mirror

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mirror (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be very similar to (something) : to show (something) in a very clear and accurate way

: to show the image of (something) on a surface

mirror

noun
mir·ror | \ ˈmir-ər \

Kids Definition of mirror

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of glass that reflects images

2 : something that gives a true likeness or description The painting is a mirror of medieval life.

mirror

verb
mirrored; mirroring

Kids Definition of mirror (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reflect in or as if in a mirror “Why is the sea such a color?” he asked. “Sea mirrors sky,” his father replied. —Pearl S. Buck, The Big Wave

mirror

noun
mir·ror | \ ˈmir-ər \

Medical Definition of mirror 

: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection

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