mirror image

noun

Definition of mirror image

1a : something that has its parts reversely arranged in comparison with another similar thing or that is reversed with reference to an intervening axis or plane
b : the direct opposite

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Examples of mirror image in a Sentence

The left side of the building is a mirror image of the right. looking at the idealistic intern, the elderly physician could not help but see the mirror image of himself 40 years earlier

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Parity had been considered a fundamental symmetry in physics, holding that our world is indistinguishable from its mirror image. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nobel-prize winning physicist who coined “god particle” dead at 96," 3 Oct. 2018 Though not quite a mirror image, there is a definite sense of symmetry to the whole, as well as a sense of suspense (and suspension). Cecil Beaton, Vogue, "Welcome In 2019 With a DIY Art Project, Courtesy of Vogue and Salvador Dalí," 31 Dec. 2018 Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor have provided almost a mirror image on the left, voicing stronger positions in several hot-button cases than their fellow liberals. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Kavanaugh’s Collegial Nature Could Change Supreme Court’s Tenor," 15 July 2018 But in a curious sense, the wellspring of fear that makes Spygate plausible to frightened outsiders is a mirror image of the disgust that Brennan, the consummate insider, expresses about the president’s character. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 That’s unexpected but is sort of a mirror image to simulations of strong future warming, which sometimes produce a major slowdown of the Atlantic conveyor belt that has considerable climatic impacts. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Geoengineering could stop warming but comes with side of sea-level rise," 31 Oct. 2018 On June 14 last year, James Hodgkinson—the left-wing mirror image of the apparently right-wing Cesar Sayoc—opened fire with a rifle into the Republicans’ Congressional softball practice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "After the Mail Bombs," 26 Oct. 2018 Lehi Crossing, a residential housing development off north Loop 202 near Val Vista Drive in Mesa, is the mirror image of many other newer Arizona housing developments. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 In many respects, the landscape for governors’ races around the country this year is the mirror image of the Senate landscape. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Hope For Big Gubernatorial Gains This November," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of mirror image

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of mirror image was in 1885

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mirror image

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mirror image

: something that looks like something else but with its left and right sides reversed
: someone who looks like someone else

mirror image

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Medical Definition of mirror image

: something that has its parts reversely arranged in comparison with another similar thing or that is reversed with reference to an intervening axis or plane

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