reflector

noun

re·​flec·​tor ri-ˈflek-tər How to pronounce reflector (audio)
1
: one that reflects
especially : a polished surface for reflecting light or other radiation
2
: a telescope in which the principal focusing element is a mirror

Examples of reflector in a Sentence

safety devices such as bicycle reflectors Reflectors are placed along the lanes of the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web Lyman confirmed that the cyclist was wearing dark clothing and had no reflectors on his bike. Elise Fisher, Sacramento Bee, 27 June 2024 Taurus April 20 – May 20 People are powerful reflectors. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 26 June 2024 In addition to the problems of clouds and light pollution, the report noted the thorny issue of orbital debris, estimating that each reflector would be penetrated about 75 billion times during its 10-year operating life. IEEE Spectrum, 9 May 2024 Some space solar designs, such as SPS-ALPHA and CASSIOPeiA, would suspend huge reflectors on kilometers-long booms to concentrate sunlight onto high-efficiency solar cells on the back side of the transmitter or intermingled with antennas. IEEE Spectrum, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for reflector 

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reflector was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Reflector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reflector. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

reflector

noun
re·​flec·​tor ri-ˈflek-tər How to pronounce reflector (audio)
1
: one that reflects
especially : a polished surface for reflecting light or heat
2
: a telescope in which the principal light-gathering element is a mirror

Medical Definition

reflector

noun
re·​flec·​tor ri-ˈflek-tər How to pronounce reflector (audio)
: one that reflects
especially : a polished surface for reflecting light or other radiation
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