reflection

noun re·flec·tion \ ri-ˈflek-shən \

Definition of reflection

1 :an instance of reflecting; especially :the return of light or sound waves from a surface
2 :the production of an image by or as if by a mirror
3 a :the action of bending or folding back
b :a reflected part :fold
4 :something produced by reflecting: such as
a :an image given back by a reflecting surface
b :an effect produced by an influence
  • the high crime rate is a reflection of our violent society
5 :an often obscure or indirect criticism :reproach
  • a reflection on his character
6 :a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation
7 :consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose
8 obsolete :turning back :return
9 a :a transformation of a figure in which each point is replaced by a point symmetric with respect to a line or plane
b :a transformation that involves reflection in more than one axis of a rectangular coordinate system

reflectional

play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of reflection in a Sentence

  1. She was looking at her reflection in the mirror.

  2. He saw the reflections of the clouds on the lake.

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Origin and Etymology of reflection

Middle English, alteration of reflexion, from Late Latin reflexion-, reflexio act of bending back, from Latin reflectere



REFLECTION Defined for English Language Learners

reflection

noun

Definition of reflection for English Language Learners

  • : an image that is seen in a mirror or on a shiny surface

  • : something that shows the effect, existence, or character of something else

  • : something that causes people to disapprove of a person or thing


REFLECTION Defined for Kids

reflection

noun re·flec·tion \ ri-ˈflek-shən \

Definition of reflection for Students

1 :the return of light or sound waves from a surface
2 :an image produced by or as if by a mirror
3 :something that brings blame or disgrace
  • It's a reflection on my honesty.
4 :careful thought
  • After much reflection, I agreed.
5 :an opinion formed or a remark made after careful thought

Medical Dictionary

reflection

noun re·flec·tion
variants: also British reflexion play \ri-ˈflek-shən\

medical Definition of reflection

1 :an instance of reflecting; especially :the return of light or sound waves from a surface
2 :the production of an image by or as if by a mirror
3 a :the action of bending or folding back
b :a reflected part or a fold
  • the mesentery is a reflection of the peritoneum
4 :something produced by reflecting; especially :an image given back by a reflecting surface


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