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mir·ror

 (mĭr′ər)
n.
1. A surface capable of reflecting sufficient undiffused light to form an image of an object placed in front of it. Also called looking glass.
2. Something that faithfully reflects or gives a true picture of something else.
3. Something worthy of imitation.
tr.v. mir·rored, mir·ror·ing, mir·rors
To reflect in or as if in a mirror: "The city mirrors many of the greatest moments of Western culture" (Olivier Bernier).

[Middle English mirour, from Old French mireor, from mirer, to look at, from Latin mīrārī, to wonder at, from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots.]

mirror

(ˈmɪrə)
n
1. a surface, such as polished metal or glass coated with a metal film, that reflects light without diffusion and produces an image of an object placed in front of it
2. (Furniture) such a reflecting surface mounted in a frame
3. any reflecting surface
4. a thing that reflects or depicts something else: the press is a mirror of public opinion.
vb
(tr) to reflect, represent, or depict faithfully: he mirrors his teacher's ideals.
[C13: from Old French from mirer to look at, from Latin mīrārī to wonder at]
ˈmirror-ˌlike adj

mir•ror

(ˈmɪr ər)

n.
1. a reflecting surface, usu. of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing.
2. any reflecting surface, as of calm water under certain lighting conditions.
3. something that gives a faithful representation, image, or idea of something else: Gershwin's music was a mirror of its time.
4. a pattern for imitation; exemplar: a man who was the mirror of fashion.
v.t.
5. to reflect in or as if in a mirror.
6. to imitate.
[1175–1225; Middle English mirour < Old French mireo(u)r=mir- (see mirage) + -eo(u)r < Latin -ātor -ator]

mir·ror

(mĭr′ər)
A surface that is able to reflect light, often used to form an image of an object placed in front of it.
Did You Know? The earliest mirrors, some dating to over 3,000 years ago, were highly polished pieces of bronze or another metal. Later on, in the Middle Ages, the technique of covering one side of a piece of glass with a sheet of reflective metal came into being. Nowadays, mirrors are usually coated with an extremely thin layer of silver or aluminum. While you may use mirrors just to look at yourself in the bathroom each morning, in science they have many important uses. Mirrors are used in microscopes, telescopes, and lasers, as well as in devices that collect light for solar power and the devices that make holograms. For instance, a common type of telescope called a reflecting telescope has a concave mirror (curved inward) at one end. This mirror, unlike your bathroom mirror, is coated on the front side with the reflecting layer; if light were allowed to pass through the glass first, it could get distorted and interfere with accurate observation. Light waves hitting the curved surface are reflected so that they all come together at a single point—the focus. The larger the mirror, the more powerful the telescope; the very largest ones are over 30 feet (9 meters) wide.

mirror

  • cheval glass - A tall mirror swung on an upright frame that takes its name from French cheval, "horse"—a synonym for "supporting framework," which describes this mirror.
  • catoptric - Means pertaining to a mirror, reflection, or reflector.
  • mirage - From French se mirer, "be reflected," from Latin mirare, "look at"—the same root used in mirror.
  • heliography - Using a mirror to send a signal.

mirror


Past participle: mirrored
Gerund: mirroring

Imperative
mirror
mirror
Present
I mirror
you mirror
he/she/it mirrors
we mirror
you mirror
they mirror
Preterite
I mirrored
you mirrored
he/she/it mirrored
we mirrored
you mirrored
they mirrored
Present Continuous
I am mirroring
you are mirroring
he/she/it is mirroring
we are mirroring
you are mirroring
they are mirroring
Present Perfect
I have mirrored
you have mirrored
he/she/it has mirrored
we have mirrored
you have mirrored
they have mirrored
Past Continuous
I was mirroring
you were mirroring
he/she/it was mirroring
we were mirroring
you were mirroring
they were mirroring
Past Perfect
I had mirrored
you had mirrored
he/she/it had mirrored
we had mirrored
you had mirrored
they had mirrored
Future
I will mirror
you will mirror
he/she/it will mirror
we will mirror
you will mirror
they will mirror
Future Perfect
I will have mirrored
you will have mirrored
he/she/it will have mirrored
we will have mirrored
you will have mirrored
they will have mirrored
Future Continuous
I will be mirroring
you will be mirroring
he/she/it will be mirroring
we will be mirroring
you will be mirroring
they will be mirroring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mirroring
you have been mirroring
he/she/it has been mirroring
we have been mirroring
you have been mirroring
they have been mirroring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mirroring
you will have been mirroring
he/she/it will have been mirroring
we will have been mirroring
you will have been mirroring
they will have been mirroring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mirroring
you had been mirroring
he/she/it had been mirroring
we had been mirroring
you had been mirroring
they had been mirroring
Conditional
I would mirror
you would mirror
he/she/it would mirror
we would mirror
you would mirror
they would mirror
Past Conditional
I would have mirrored
you would have mirrored
he/she/it would have mirrored
we would have mirrored
you would have mirrored
they would have mirrored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mirror - polished surface that forms images by reflecting lightmirror - polished surface that forms images by reflecting light
car mirror - a mirror that the driver of a car can use
cheval glass - a full length mirror mounted in a frame in which it can be tilted
hand glass, hand mirror - a mirror intended to be held in the hand
looking glass, glass - a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror
pier glass, pier mirror - a large mirror between two windows
reflector - device that reflects radiation
speculum - a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument
2.mirror - a faithful depiction or reflectionmirror - a faithful depiction or reflection; "the best mirror is an old friend"
depicting, portraying, depiction, portrayal - a representation by picture or portraiture
Verb1.mirror - reflect as if in a mirrormirror - reflect as if in a mirror; "The smallest pond at night mirrors the firmament above"
reflect, reverberate - to throw or bend back (from a surface); "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"
2.mirror - reflect or resemble; "The plane crash in Milan mirrored the attack in the World Trade Center"
reflect - give evidence of the quality of; "The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"

mirror

noun
1. looking-glass, glass (Brit.), reflector, speculum He went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror.
verb
1. reflect, show, follow, match, represent, copy, repeat, echo, parallel, depict, reproduce, emulate His own shock was mirrored in her face.
Related words
fear eisoptrophobia

mirror

noun
One that is worthy of imitation or duplication:
verb
1. To send back or form an image of:
2. To copy (another) slavishly:
Translations
مِرْآةٌمِرآهيَعْكِس كما في المِرآه
zrcadlozrcadlit
spejlspejle
peili
zrcalo
spegillspegla
거울
atspindėti
atspoguļotspogulis
zrcalo
spegel
กระจก
gương

mirror

[ˈmɪrəʳ]
A. Nespejo m
driving mirrorretrovisor m, espejo m retrovisor
to look at o.s. in the mirrormirarse en el or al espejo
she got in the car and adjusted the mirrorentró en el coche y ajustó el retrovisor
B. VTreflejar
C. CPD mirror image Nreflejo m exacto

mirror

[ˈmɪrər]
n
(= looking glass) → miroir m
[car] → rétroviseur m
vtreflétermirror image n (lit)image f miroir
to be the mirror image of sth → être la copie conforme de qchmirror site n (on the internet)site m miroir

mirror

nSpiegel m; a mirror of 19th century lifeein Spiegelbild ntdes Lebens im 19. Jahrhundert; to hold a mirror up to somethingetw widerspiegeln
vtwiderspiegeln, spiegeln; the trees mirrored in the lakedie Bäume, die sich im See (wider-)spiegelten

mirror

:
mirror image
nSpiegelbild nt
mirror site
n (Comput) → Mirrorsite f
mirror writing

mirror

[ˈmɪrəʳ]
1. nspecchio (Aut) → specchietto (retrovisore)
hand mirror → specchio a mano
pocket mirror → specchietto da borsetta
to look at o.s. in the mirror → guardarsi allo specchio

mirror

(ˈmirə) noun
a piece of glass or metal having a surface that reflects an image. She spends a lot of time looking in the mirror.
verb
to reflect as a mirror does. The smooth surface of the lake mirrored the surrounding mountains.

mirror

مِرْآةٌ zrcadlo spejl Spiegel καθρέφτης espejo peili miroir zrcalo specchio 거울 spiegel speil lustro espelho зеркало spegel กระจก ayna gương 镜子

mir·ror

n. espejo.

mirror

n espejo
References in classic literature ?
There were no marble-topped tables, long mirrors, or lace curtains in the little parlor, but simple furniture, plenty of books, a fine picture or two, a stand of flowers in the bay window, and, scattered all about, the pretty gifts which came from friendly hands and were the fairer for the loving messages they brought.
But I made Thompson let those gold-framed mirrors that used to stand behind the bar go into the bargain, and they sort of furnish the room.
Groceries, toy-shops, drygoods stores, with their immense panes of plate-glass, their gorgeous fixtures, their vast and complete assortments of merchandise, in which fortunes had been invested; and those noble mirrors at the farther end of each establishment, doubling all this wealth by a brightly burnished vista of unrealities
The firm tower, that is Ahab; the volcano, that is Ahab; the courageous, the undaunted, and victorious fowl, that, too, is Ahab; all are Ahab; and this round gold is but the image of the rounder globe, which, like a magician's glass, to each and every man in turn but mirrors back his own mysterious self.
He looked wistfully on the velvet carpets, and the before unimagined splendors of mirrors, pictures, statues, and curtains, and, like the Queen of Sheba before Solomon, there was no more spirit in him.
The house-maid alone came here on Saturdays, to wipe from the mirrors and the furniture a week's quiet dust: and Mrs.
Among the lookers-on there was the same expression in all quarters of the court; insomuch, that a great majority of the foreheads there, might have been mirrors reflecting the witness, when the Judge looked up from his notes to glare at that tremendous heresy about George Washington.
The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrification of a hearth had never known in Scrooge's time, or Marley's, or for many and many a winter season gone.
So Solomon, holding his white head on one side, and playing vigorously, marched forward at the head of the gay procession into the White Parlour, where the mistletoe-bough was hung, and multitudinous tallow candles made rather a brilliant effect, gleaming from among the berried holly-boughs, and reflected in the old-fashioned oval mirrors fastened in the panels of the white wainscot.
This portrait would be to him the most magical of mirrors.
I was born free, and that I might live in freedom I chose the solitude of the fields; in the trees of the mountains I find society, the clear waters of the brooks are my mirrors, and to the trees and waters I make known my thoughts and charms.
Here and there sharp points and slender needles rising to a height of 200 feet; further on a steep shore, hewn as it were with an axe and clothed with greyish tints; huge mirrors, reflecting a few rays of sunshine, half drowned in the fog.