reflection

noun

re·​flec·​tion ri-ˈflek-shən How to pronounce reflection (audio)
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
ri-ˈflek-shnəl How to pronounce reflection (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
adjective

Examples of reflection in a Sentence

She was looking at her reflection in the mirror. He saw the reflections of the clouds on the lake.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reflection was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near reflection

Cite this Entry

“Reflection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reflection. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

reflection

noun
re·​flec·​tion ri-ˈflek-shən How to pronounce reflection (audio)
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
: an image produced by or as if by a mirror
4
: something that brings blame or disgrace
a reflection on my honesty
5
: an opinion formed or a remark made after careful thought
6
: careful thought
much reflection on the problem
reflectional
-shnəl How to pronounce reflection (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

reflection

noun
re·​flec·​tion
variants also British reflexion
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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