mirror image


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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But a lot of Democrats’ success had to do with Trump voters’ failure to turn out, which was almost a mirror image of Obama voters’ failure to turn out in 2010, and look how 2012 turned out. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "What the Democrats’ Turn Leftward Means for the Party’s Chances in 2020," 3 July 2019 As North Korean weapons tests showed off ever-improving capabilities over the past year, Trump's rhetoric has hardened remarkably — becoming a virtual mirror image of North Korea's bellicose propaganda in some instances. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Is Trump making himself irrelevant on North Korea?," 5 Jan. 2018 Intriguingly, the body asymmetry of people with the syndrome is often entirely inversed, to become an almost perfect mirror image of what it would otherwise. Tim Vernimmen, Quanta Magazine, "How Life Turns Asymmetric," 31 Jan. 2017 In some ways, the use of religious-freedom laws in left-wing causes is a mirror image of the tactics energetically employed by conservatives. The Economist, "The gripping case of Scott Warren," 14 June 2019 Biehl says, describing a campaign that was almost a mirror image of Sanders’s 1981 run. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 Recent concerns are a mirror image of the problem investors face when big companies are rallying. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "FANG Stocks Are Big, But Asia’s Tech Giants Carry Even More Sway," 5 Aug. 2018 At the top of the great marble stair leading from the courtyard, the anteroom is a mirror image of his contemporary design for a reception room at the Chanel jewelry showroom in the Place Vendôme. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 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

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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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