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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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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 Their hair has been pulled into identical, tightly braided ponytails, presumably to emphasize them as mirror images of each other, but also to avoid the distractions of stray locks falling into their faces. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In the Relationships in ‘Singlet,’ One and One Make One," 20 May 2018 Facing each other across the yellow line down State Street, the Tennessee city is healthy; its mirror image in Virginia is in near-crisis. Washington Post, "2 cities share name, but 1 is in big trouble," 6 July 2018 The defense will be a mirror image of the head coach—aggressive and intelligent. Steve Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Freddy Dunkle to lead Montgomery football program," 5 July 2018 For Belgium, their current haul is a mirror image – meaning the Three Lions find themselves ahead on fair play. SI.com, "90min World Cup Fan Diaries: Why England Fans in Russia Are Keen to Secure Second Place in Group G," 27 June 2018 The pattern is a mirror image of the picture before President Trump took office. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Feeling Good About the Economy? You’re Probably a Republican," 15 June 2018 As indicated by their numeric names, the 5000 and 3000 towers are less-powerful, more-affordable versions of Acer's top-tier desktop, and both are designed to be smaller, yet almost mirror images of the Orion 9000. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer’s Chromebook Spin 13 tempts professionals to use Chrome OS at work," 24 May 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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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

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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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