This was Speranski's cold, mirrorlike
look, which did not allow one to penetrate to his soul, and his delicate white hands, which Prince Andrew involuntarily watched as one does watch the hands of those who possess power.
This is an example of a more general optical characteristic of many material surfaces where light reflects in a way that has a characteristic spatial distribution that is neither fully specular (mirrorlike
) or fully diffuse.
There's the art, of course: acrylic paintings, a polyester parabolic lens with a mirrorlike
surface, a fibreglass sculpture of a middle-aged woman poised to dig into a melting banana split.
"Steel is used for its strength and mirrorlike
shine (to ward off evil).
The metal vessel was filled with ink, which was intermittently disturbed by a hidden engine, causing the liquid surface to alternate between a sleek, mirrorlike
surface and an unsettling, undulating image.
I worried about the ubiquitous mirrorlike
surfaces on car and shop windows.
Some of the flowers have a polished, mirrorlike
effect obtained from galvanization.
The surface of the water is very mirrorlike
, which everyone expects, but it's the light that comes through the surface of the water and the way that the light plays.
how the wind died in the evening and the lake became perfectly fiat and mirrorlike
and the shadows of pine trees crept slowly toward the water's edge like stalking animals; and how you could go out to the marsh at dusk to watch the sandhill cranes returning to their nest, see them flying back high in groups of two or three or four and then dropping out of the sky so fast it almost took your breath away.
Eugene's Timothy Goss painted a wonderfully chromed-up "Red Harley," in which those mirrorlike
motorcycle parts show trees, sky and buildings in a fun-house distortion for the viewer.
The materials can be used to build lightweight solar sails that "use the pressure of light from the sun reflecting on the mirrorlike
solar cell to propel a spacecraft."
Others are strong, such as echoes from shallow specular (mirrorlike