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

Sepuya’s self-portrait is a nude seen from the back, photographed with a mirror. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Time for a Riot: Camp Fashion at the Met, and a Real Riot at the Stonewall," 31 Aug. 2019 These might include laying a new metal screen on the desert ground beneath the antennas, to act as a mirror for radio waves. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "The Quest to Unlock the Secrets of the Baby Universe," 26 Aug. 2019 Industry experts say financial benefits of the card mirror many of those already out there for consumers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Leather wallets, loose change pose danger for new Apple Card," 22 Aug. 2019 The diagram below shows an example: two identical photons hit a partially reflective mirror at the same time. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Identical photons generated 150 million kilometers apart," 22 Aug. 2019 Grossman’s body of work is a kind of mirror, in which different people will see different things. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "Letters," 19 Aug. 2019 Sin City's notorious excesses essentially take the worst aspects of the '80s and strain them through a fun-house mirror. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'GLOW' shines a less flattering light on life during the 1980s," 8 Aug. 2019 But their most brutal critic is likely the one looking back at them from the bathroom mirror. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "There’s a mindfulness exercise that the strongest leaders need to try," 31 July 2019 The telescope gets its name from the size of the mirror, which will be 30 meters, or 98 feet, in diameter. Audrey Mcavoy, Anchorage Daily News, "Giant Hawaii telescope will dive into the big unknowns of the universe," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Keiana is very active and wants a family that mirrors her interests. BostonGlobe.com, "Keiana is ready to have a family of her own," 8 Sep. 2019 Frame is putting on an event that mirrors Hot Ones and benefits UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of Michigan. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Darren McCarty to answer 'hot questions' during chicken wing challenge," 5 Sep. 2019 Eric programmed a Parrot Mambo drone to fly autonomous patterns that mirror math functions in 3D space to see it in a vertical orientation instead of how it’s typically sketched on 2D graph paper. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Pearl of the Orient bows out of Rocky River restaurant scene: West Shore Chatter," 3 Sep. 2019 In a move that mirrored something his character Tony Stark might do, Downey Jr. started his remarks by hilariously apologizing for some of his past behavior. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Avengers: Endgame coming to Disney+ in December," 23 Aug. 2019 Moreover, a workplace that mirrors the overall population—where people with diverse talents and abilities are the rule and not the exception—is one where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and respected. Nancy Geenen, Fortune, "Corporate Diversity Efforts Often Leave Out an Important Group: People With Disabilities," 23 Aug. 2019 Clark’s work, alluring and repellant, generates a disturbance that mirrors the state of self-alienation. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 Unlike almost all her rivals, Warren tells a tale that mirrors the struggles of many Democrats, especially women. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Arguing the World," 15 Aug. 2019 In 2015, Alabama passed a law that mirrored the federal one, to allow state and local law enforcement to be able to enforce it. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Red flag laws already exist for domestic abusers; a look at how well they work," 8 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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