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
2 : resemble

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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

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

In some ways, her writing mirrors the cloistered space in which these women were groomed and abused, where there is no world beyond the walls of the gym. Jessica M. Goldstein, Washington Post, "A writer tries to make sense of Larry Nassar’s decades of abuse," 7 Aug. 2019 The Giants’ torrid July is fading nearly out of sight in their rear-view mirror after a 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night, their eighth defeat in 12 games. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Giants’ struggles continue with second straight loss to Washington Nationals," 6 Aug. 2019 The 21-year-old must have been cheering internally watching the action unfold in his wing mirrors. Matias Grez, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton storms from behind to win thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix," 4 Aug. 2019 Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Felix Rosenqvist wasn't even in his side mirrors, as Dixon had grown his lead beyond 10 seconds. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Mr. Mid-Ohio Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist deliver thrilling fight to finish," 28 July 2019 Prime Day may be in our rear view mirror, and while some of us may be feeling all shopped out as a result, the truth is that the real bargain hunters know this is the best time to scoop up huge end-of-the-season savings on everything. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 7 best deals you can get this Monday," 22 July 2019 AlphaSense says the sentimentproduced by its technology mirrors what humans conclude 90% of the time. Fortune, "Investors Seek an Edge By Using Technology That Reads Between the Lines," 21 July 2019 Below that resides its mirror opposite—P-type silicon. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World)," 6 July 2019 Their giant mirrors will gather enough light to probe the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets and detect the first galaxies forming in the early universe. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Divisive giant telescope cleared for construction on Hawaiian peak," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The answer quickly went viral across the internet, with many seeing O'Rourke mirroring their own anger and frustration. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Trump Named the Wrong City for Ohio's Mass Shooting," 11 Aug. 2019 Charlie Morton's career has seen plenty of twists and turns, from mirroring Roy Halladay to enduring a severe hamstring injury to revitalizing his career as a postseason star for the Astros. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Charlie Morton's Journey From Roy Halladay Copycat to 35-Year-Old Cy Young Contender," 8 Aug. 2019 Several features that mean the difference between standard and luxury travel for consumers already mirror certain disability accommodations, such as personal travel assistants and technological devices or apps that help track belongings. Wendy Lu, Quartz, "Traveling while disabled is four times more expensive," 8 Aug. 2019 Ashcroft’s approach mirrored a strategy used against the Mafia 40 years earlier, when Attorney General Robert Kennedy hyperbolically threatened to arrest mobsters for spitting on the sidewalk if that was the only available charge. Rod Rosenstein, Time, "How To Stop White Supremacist Terrorism," 8 Aug. 2019 Ranganathan provided a closer look at the Your Phone app, which mirrors Android text messages, notifications, and even your entire screen to a Windows 10 PC. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft and Samsung partner to bridge Android and Windows closer together," 7 Aug. 2019 The broadcast evening news anchors mirror their cable news anchor counterparts: NBC's Lester Holt, ABC's David Muir and CBS' Norah O'Donnell are all politically undeclared, though Holt has been a Republican in the past and Muir has been a Democrat. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Democrat, Republican or Neither? How Cable News Talent Has Registered to Vote," 7 Aug. 2019 Reached by phone Tuesday, Kasich said DeWine's legislative package closely mirrors his own and that his failure to get his passed does not make DeWine's attempt a hollow promise. Author: Julie Carr Smyth, Anchorage Daily News, "Ohio Republicans again faced with calls to enact gun reforms," 7 Aug. 2019 Much of the planning for the all-girls school would mirror the work behind DuBois, which next week will open for its second year with 300 students in the 6th- and 7th-grades. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS is moving forward with plans for an academy for girls of color," 6 Aug. 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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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 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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