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Definition 1: the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where reflection or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he studied his reflection in the mirror

Synonyms for reflection in the sense of this definition

(reflection is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 2: the ability to reflect beams or rays - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for reflection in the sense of this definition

(reflection is a kind of ...) any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions

(... is a kind of reflection ) the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves

"she could hear echoes of her own footsteps"

(... is a kind of reflection ) a reflected television or radio or radar beam

Definition 3: a likeness in which left and right are reversed - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for reflection in the sense of this definition

(reflection is a kind of ...) similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things

"man created God in his own likeness"

Definition 4: a calm, lengthy, intent consideration - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for reflection in the sense of this definition

(reflection is a kind of ...) the process of giving careful thought to something

(... is a kind of reflection ) attentive consideration and meditation

"after much cogitation he rejected the offer"

(... is a kind of reflection ) 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"

(... is a kind of reflection ) (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)

(... is a kind of reflection ) the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct

(... is a kind of reflection ) contemplation of things past

"in retrospect"

Definition 5: a remark expressing careful consideration - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for reflection in the sense of this definition

(reflection is a kind of ...) a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

"from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account" "we would appreciate input from our users on how we can improve our software"

(... is an instance of reflection) C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that the number of subordinates in an organization will increase linearly regardless of the amount of work to be done

(... is an instance of reflection) C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that work will expand so as to fill the time available for its completion

Definition 6: expression without words - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reflection or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tears are an expression of grief
  • the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition

Synonyms for reflection in the sense of this definition

(reflection is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of reflection ) the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief

(... is a kind of reflection ) a manifestation of insincerity

"he put on quite an act for her benefit"

(... is a kind of reflection ) an unrestrained expression of emotion

Definition 7: the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for reflection in the sense of this definition

(reflection is a kind of ...) a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy

(... is a kind of reflection ) am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)

(... is a kind of reflection ) reciprocal reflection between two reflecting surfaces

"there was interreflection between the two surfaces of the lens"

(... is a kind of reflection ) a reflected optical image (as seen in a plane mirror)

(... is a kind of reflection ) 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

Definition 8: (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed - [noun denoting linkdef]

(reflection is a kind of ...) (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system

(reflection belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

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