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re·flec·tion

 (rĭ-flĕk′shən)
n.
1. The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. Something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected.
3.
a. Serious thinking or careful consideration: engaged in reflection on the problem.
b. A thought or an opinion resulting from such thinking or consideration: wrote down her reflections.
4. An indirect expression of censure or discredit: a reflection on his integrity.
5. A manifestation or result: Her achievements are a reflection of her courage.
6. Anatomy
a. The folding of a membrane from the wall of a cavity over an organ and back to the wall.
b. The folds so made.

re·flec′tion·al adj.

reflection

(rɪˈflɛkʃən) or less commonly

reflexion

n
1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected
2. something reflected or the image so produced, as by a mirror
3. careful or long consideration or thought
4. implicit or explicit attribution of discredit or blame
5. (Mathematics) maths a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed or which changes the sign of one of the variables
6. (Anatomy) anatomy the bending back of a structure or part upon itself
reˈflectional, reˈflexional adj

re•flec•tion

(rɪˈflɛk ʃən)

n.
1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. the return of light, heat, or sound after striking a surface.
3. something reflected, as an image.
4. a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.
5. a thought occurring in consideration or meditation.
6. an unfavorable remark or observation.
7. the casting of some imputation or reproach.
Also, esp. Brit., reflexion.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin reflexiō bending back = Latin reflect(ere) (see reflect) + -tiō -tion]
re•flec′tion•al, adj.

re·flec·tion

(rĭ-flĕk′shən)
1. The turning back of a wave, such as a light or sound wave, when it encounters a boundary. Reflected waves return immediately to their original medium instead of entering the medium they encounter. ♦ According to the law of reflection, the angle of reflection of a reflected wave is equal to its angle of incidence. See more at wave. Compare refraction.
2. Something, such as sound, light, or heat, that is reflected.

reflection

  • epiphonema - An exclamatory sentence or reflection summing up a discourse.
  • rainbow - Comes from Old Norse regnbogi (becoming Old English renboga, ren, "rain," and boga, "bend, bow") and is a bow or arch of the colors of the prism that is formed in the sky opposite to the sun by the reflection, double refraction, and dispersion of the sun's rays in falling drops of rain.
  • sheet lightning - Appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash.

reflection

Energy diverted back from the interface of two media. The reflection may be specular (i.e. direct) or diffuse according to the nature of the contact surfaces.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reflection - a calm, lengthy, intent considerationreflection - a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
cogitation, study - attentive consideration and meditation; "after much cogitation he rejected the offer"
consideration - the process of giving careful thought to something
meditation, speculation - continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"
meditation - (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination - the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
retrospect - contemplation of things past; "in retrospect"
2.reflection - the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
physical phenomenon - a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
flare - am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
interreflection - reciprocal reflection between two reflecting surfaces; "there was interreflection between the two surfaces of the lens"
virtual image - a reflected optical image (as seen in a plane mirror)
zodiacal light - a luminous tract in the sky; a reflection of sunlight from cosmic dust in the plane of the ecliptic; visible just before sunrise and just after sunset
3.reflection - expression without wordsreflection - expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
lamentation, mourning - the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
demo, demonstration - a visual presentation showing how something works; "the lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations"; "the lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response"
act - a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
ebullition, effusion, outburst, blowup, gush - an unrestrained expression of emotion
4.reflection - a likeness in which left and right are reversedreflection - a likeness in which left and right are reversed
alikeness, likeness, similitude - similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; "man created God in his own likeness"
5.reflection - the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material); "he studied his reflection in the mirror"
ikon, picture, icon, image - a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"
6.reflection - (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
transformation - (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system
7.reflection - a remark expressing careful consideration
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
8.reflection - the ability to reflect beams or rays
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
echo, reverberation, sound reflection, replication - the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves; "she could hear echoes of her own footsteps"
echo - a reflected television or radio or radar beam

reflection

noun
1. image, echo, counterpart, likeness, mirror image Meg stared at her reflection in the mirror.
2. sending back, mirroring, throwing back, casting back the reflection of a beam of light off a mirror
3. indication, evidence, display, demonstration, proof, manifestation, attestation a reflection of a person's experiences as a child
4. criticism, censure, slur, reproach, imputation, derogation, aspersion Infection with head lice is no reflection on personal hygiene.
plural noun
1. thoughts, feeling, idea, view, opinion, belief, impression, viewpoint a series of reflections on death

reflection

noun
1. Something that is reflected:
2. Imitative reproduction, as of the style of another:
4. An implied criticism:
Translations
odrazúvahareflexe
overvejelserefleksionspejlbilledespejling
heijastus
odraz
visszaverõdés
íhugun, vangaveltur; spegilmynd
反射
반사
odbojodsev
fundering
การสะท้อนกลับ
sự phản chiếu

reflection

[rɪˈflekʃən] N
1. [of light] (= act) → reflexión f; (= image) → reflejo m
the reflection of the light in the mirrorel reflejo de la luz en el espejo
a pale reflection of former gloriesun ligero reflejo de glorias pasadas
to see one's reflection in a shop windowverse reflejado en un escaparate
2. (= thought) → meditación f, reflexión f
on reflectionpensándolo bien
without due reflectionsin pensarlo lo suficiente
mature reflection suggests thatuna meditación más profunda indica que ...
3. (= aspersion, doubt) → tacha f, descrédito m
this is no reflection on your workesto no significa crítica alguna a su trabajo
this is no reflection on your honestyesto no dice nada en contra de su honradez, esto no es ningún reproche a su honradez
to cast reflections on sbreprochar a algn
4. (= idea) → pensamiento m, idea f
"Reflections on Ortega""Meditaciones sobre Ortega"

reflection

[rɪˈflɛkʃən]
n
(= thought) → réflexion f
on reflection → réflexion faite
(= image) (in mirror)reflet m
[reality, situation, attitude] → reflet m
[heat, light] → réflexion f
(= criticism) to be a reflection on
It's no reflection on your ability as a mother → Ceci ne remet pas en cause vos compétences de mère.
to be a sad reflection on sb/sth → donner une image pitoyable de qn/qch
reflections npl (= thoughts) → pensées fpl
sb's reflections on sth → les pensées de qn sur qch

reflection

n
no pl (= reflecting)Reflexion f; (by surface of lake, mirror) → Spiegelung f; (fig)Widerspiegelung f
(= image)Spiegelbild nt, → Reflexion f; (fig)Widerspiegelung f; to see one’s reflection in a mirrorsich im Spiegel sehen; a pale reflection of …ein matter Abglanz (gen)
no pl (= consideration)Überlegung f; (= contemplation)Reflexion f, → Betrachtung f; (up)on reflectionwenn ich mir das recht überlege; on further reflectionbei genauerer Überlegung
(= thoughts, comments) reflections on languageReflexionen plor Betrachtungen plüber die Sprache
(= adverse criticism) a reflection on his honourein Schatten mauf seiner Ehre; this is a reflection on your tastedas zeigt, wie wenig Geschmack du hast; this is no reflection on your abilitydamit soll gar nichts über Ihr Können gesagt sein
(Anat) → Zurückbiegung f

reflection

[rɪˈflɛkʃn] n
a. (act) → riflessione f; (in mirror) → riflesso
b. (thought) → riflessione f
on reflection → dopo aver riflettuto, pensandoci sopra
c. (aspersion, doubt) → dubbio
this is no reflection on your honesty → questa non è un'insinuazione sulla tua onestà
d. (Math) → riflessione f

reflect

(rəˈflekt) verb
1. to send back (light, heat etc). The white sand reflected the sun's heat.
2. (of a mirror etc) to give an image of. She was reflected in the mirror/water.
3. to think carefully. Give him a minute to reflect (on what he should do).
reˈflecting adjective
able to reflect (light etc). a reflecting surface.
reflection, reflexion (rəˈflekʃən) noun
She looked at her reflection in the water; After reflection I felt I had made the wrong decision; The book is called `Reflections of a Politician'.
reˈflective (-tiv) adjective
1. thoughtful. a reflective mood.
2. reflecting. Reflective number-plates.
reˈflectively adverb
reˈflector noun
something, especially of glass or metal, that reflects light, heat etc.

reflection

انعكاس odraz spejling Widerspiegelung αντανάκλαση reflexión heijastus réflexion odraz riflessione 反射 반사 weerspiegeling refleksjon odbijanie reflexo отражение fundering การสะท้อนกลับ yansıma sự phản chiếu 影像

re·flec·tion

n. reflexión.
1. acomodamiento o vuelta hacia atrás tal como una membrana que después de llegar a la superficie de un órgano se repliega sobre sí misma;
2. rechazo de la luz u otra forma de energía radiante de una superficie;
3. introspección.
References in classic literature ?
There is a law for armies and for men too," he muttered, lost in reflection.
It opened with the melancholy reflection that, in the lives of mortals the best days are the first to flee.
This was a sinister reflection which she cherished.
But when time was given for reflection, and the warriors remembered that their formidable and daring enemy had even been in the bosom of their encampment, working injury, fearful rage took the place of wonder, and all those fierce passions with which the bosom of Magua had just been struggling were suddenly transferred to his companions.
Carr, fully convinced of his utter failure, but, like most weak creatures, consoling himself with the reflection that he had not shown his hand or committed himself.
It might have been taken for a ghostly or phantasmagoric reflection of the old shopkeeper Pyncheon's shabbily provided shelves, save that some of the articles were of a description and outward form which could hardly have been known in his day.
It appalled her, nevertheless, to discern here, again, a shadowy reflection of the evil that had existed in herself.
A sloop was loitering in the distance, dropping slowly down with the tide, her sail hanging uselessly against the mast; and as the reflection of the sky gleamed along the still water, it seemed as if the vessel was suspended in the air.
I wondered even then a little why she should wish not to show it, and that, with reflection, with suspicion, might of course have made me uneasy.
The slanting sun playing upon this crimson pond in the sea, sent back its reflection into every face, so that they all glowed to each other like red men.
As on your physiognomical voyage you sail round his vast head in your jolly-boat, your noble conceptions of him are never insulted by the reflection that he has a nose to be pulled.
But Jurgis did not realize that very clearly; he was not given much time for reflection.