- to cast back (light, heat, sound, etc.) from a surface: The mirror reflected the light onto the wall.
- to give back or show an image of; mirror.
- (of an act or its result) to serve to cast or bring (credit, discredit, etc.) on its performer.
- to reproduce; show: followers reflecting the views of the leader.
- to throw or cast back; cause to return or rebound: Her bitterness reflects gloom on all her family.
- to be turned or cast back, as light.
- to cast back light, heat, etc.
- to be reflected or mirrored.
- to give back or show an image.
- to think, ponder, or meditate: to reflect on one's virtues and faults.
- to serve or tend to bring reproach or discredit by association: His crimes reflected on the whole community.
- to serve to give a particular aspect or impression: The test reflects well on your abilities.
Origin of reflect
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Examples from the Web for reflecting
Ultimately, reflecting other people's reaction was highly effective.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Traditional coach seats gave the illusion of comfortable padding but were angular, not reflecting body shapes.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
“The whole ordeal gave me a thicker skin,” she said, reflecting on the incident.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
The way these pictures were taken show a great deal of systematicity, reflecting a culture that is systematic in its approach.U.S.: Assad’s ‘Machinery of Death’ Worst Since the Nazis
July 7, 2014
The Colorado Republican described gardening as a “very relaxing hobby” while reflecting on the closely fought primary.Tom Tancredo Loses GOP Primary For Colorado Governor
June 26, 2014
Reflecting, by your ostentation, upon all the ladies in the county, who do not as you do.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"In fact——" She paused, reflecting, with her head to one side.Alice Adams
"The Emperor has another plan," said the policeman, after reflecting for a couple of minutes.L'Assommoir
Mademoiselle Saget was reflecting, and she expressed her thoughts aloud.The Fat and the Thin
He seemed to be reflecting and to find his reflections not too pleasant.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which light, other electromagnetic radiation, sound, particles, etc, are thrown back after impinging on a surface
- (of a mirror, etc) to form an image of (something) by reflection
- (tr) to show or expresshis tactics reflect his desire for power
- (tr) to bring as a consequencethe success of the project reflected great credit on all the staff
- (intr ; foll by on or upon) to cause to be regarded in a specified wayher behaviour reflects well on her
- (intr ; foll by on or upon) to cast dishonour, discredit, etc (on)his conduct reflects on his parents
- (intr usually foll by on) to think, meditate, or ponder
Word Origin and History for reflecting
late 14c., "turn or bend back;" early 15c., "to divert, to turn aside, deflect," from Old French reflecter (14c.), from Latin reflectere "bend back, turn back" (see reflection). Of mirrors or polished surfaces, to shine back light rays or images, early 15c.; meaning "to turn one's thoughts back on" is c.1600. Related: Reflected; reflecting.
- To bend back.
- To throw or bend back light, heat, or sound from a surface.
- To think seriously.
- To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus.