mirror

noun
mir·​ror | \ ˈmir-ər How to pronounce mirror (audio) , ˈmi-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

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Other Words from mirror

Noun

mirrored \ ˈmir-​ərd How to pronounce mirrored (audio) , ˈmi-​rərd , ˈmir-​əd , ˈmi-​rəd \ adjective
mirrorlike \ ˈmir-​ər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce mirrorlike (audio) , ˈmi-​rər-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for mirror

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 So, this season, with three World Series championships in the rear-view mirror, his 33rd birthday looming and the greatest offensive struggles of his career, Posey still deserves and receives the benefit of the doubt. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Why Giants’ Buster Posey still gets benefit of doubt in frustrating year," 13 Sep. 2019 Take a closer look at your eyes in the mirror, or find a good picture of eyes. Joan Lang, Woman's Day, "Eye Spy Pumpkin," 5 Sep. 2019 As most of college football opened its season on Week 1, the Miami Hurricanes wrapped up an early bye week that was a look in the mirror to fix themselves before focusing in earnest on North Carolina for an ACC opener on Saturday. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "A look in the mirror and week of fixing themselves leads Miami Hurricanes into UNC prep after bye," 1 Sep. 2019 Last year, which was a lackluster 5-7 season, is in the rear-view mirror. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Florida State vs. Boise State 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 31 Aug. 2019 Studies have shown that manta rays may recognize themselves in the mirror, an ability indicative of high cognitive function, also shown by dolphins, primates, and elephants. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 26 Aug. 2019 COLORADO BUFFALOES Program trending: Down The question of the moment — to continue the topic discussed above — is whether the building blocks are in place to turn CU’s immediate future into a mirror of its past (i.e., the 1990s and early 2000s). Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Colorado preview: Mel Tucker era begins with loads of questions and only one Viska," 19 Aug. 2019 COLORADO BUFFALOES Program trending: Down The question of the moment — to continue the topic discussed above — is whether the building blocks are in place to turn CU’s immediate future into a mirror of its past (i.e., the 1990s and early 2000s). Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 team previews: CU Buffs’ Mel Tucker era begins with loads of questions and only one Viska," 19 Aug. 2019 There’s Reese in a lingering close-up; there’s her onscreen foil (and offscreen co-star/co-producer) Jennifer Aniston, staring warily at herself in the mirror. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Apple’s The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston, looks dour and joyless in its first trailer," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Zboril took a pair of penalties, one that mirrored an embellishment call on Wood. BostonGlobe.com, "“The details of the game,” he said, elude him when it comes to goaltenders.," 17 Sep. 2019 And yet here, in a sci-fi twist that doesn’t mirror our present cultural controversies, the futuristic police are purely in the camp of the righteous and the good. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "What to Play: In ‘Astral Chain,’ anime cops are the good guys — and save lost cats," 11 Sep. 2019 There is no one song that mirrors the next, yet each one bonds in a clash of time and space pivoting from one point in time, through melody and narrative, to the subsequent stage, without any kind of disconnection. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Tool's Huge Debut With 'Fear Inoculum' Comeback Album," 10 Sep. 2019 He has also been sharply criticized by activists and other performers, who see his music as a vehicle for nationalist-populist messages, and spurred a debate that has sometimes mirrored the political divisions in the country. Thomas Rogers, New York Times, "Rocking Out in Lederhosen, With a Hint of Populism," 10 Sep. 2019 An Enliven polarized/mirrored model designed for water and snow runs $79.95. Roy M. Wallack, Los Angeles Times, "At last, sunglasses designed for the sport you love," 13 Sep. 2019 Still, the 3% drop in football nationally (and 7.2 percent over the past five years) mirrored a CIF report released earlier last month. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Friday night flight: How football's decline is impacting high school sports," 13 Sep. 2019 The stop in Bland County — in the most pro-Trump stretch of Virginia in 2016 — mirrored others O’Rouke has made in reliably conservative states in recent weeks. NBC News, "Buttigieg and O'Rourke fight to reinvigorate their presidential campaigns," 12 Sep. 2019 Their data mirrored national trends in that the department saw fewer applications. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fewer immigrants apply for special visa reserved for crime victims," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of mirror was in the 13th century

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mirror

noun
How to pronounce mirror (audio)

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 How to pronounce mirror (audio) \

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 How to pronounce mirror (audio) \

Medical Definition of mirror

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

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