a reflecting surface, originally of polished metal but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing.
such a surface set into a frame, attached to a handle, etc., for use in viewing oneself or as an ornament.
any reflecting surface, as the surface of calm water under certain lighting conditions.
Optics. a surface that is either plane, concave, or convex and that reflects rays of light.
something that gives a minutely faithful representation, image, or idea of something else: Gershwin's music was a mirror of its time.
a pattern for imitation; exemplar: a man who was the mirror of fashion.
a glass, crystal, or the like, used by magicians, diviners, etc.
to reflect in or as if in a mirror.
to reflect as a mirror does.
to mimic or imitate (something) accurately.
to be or give a faithful representation, image, or idea of: Her views on politics mirror mine completely.
Music. (of a canon or fugue) capable of being played in retrograde or in inversion, as though read in a mirror placed beside or below the music.
Idioms about mirror
with mirrors, by or as if by magic.
- mir·ror·like, adjective
- un·mir·rored, adjective
- mere, mirror
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How to use mirror in a sentence
It almost mirrors the Buddhist cycle of life, death, and rebirth.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma | Brendon Hong | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Neither Iran nor Hezbollah has confirmed these links, but the rhetoric and campaign style of the Houthis mirrors that of both.
The academy has faux-marble halls, long mirrors, and gold-color-painted details.
The lines in Until We Could about love are gorgeous: “Two mirrors face to face with no end… Yes, I counted your eyelashes.”Watch This Amazing Ode to Marriage Equality, by Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco | Tim Teeman | September 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Much of what happens in the show mirrors the story of Siddhartha,” Jablonski says.Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage? | David Masciotra | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Glass chandeliers were suspended from the roof; handsome mirrors were intermixed with the prints and pictures.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
Grace was the Gibson type, tall and slender and fair-haired and very pretty, with a decided liking for looking in mirrors.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
In practice it is seldom necessary to touch the adjusting screws of the mirrors themselves.Photographs of Nebul and Clusters | James Edward Keeler
The lookouts gave free vision in all directions except directly below the hull, and a series of mirrors corrected this defect.Astounding Stories, May, 1931 | Various
Inside there was a fire burning, furs strewn about the floor, metal urns and even mirrors hung on the rough stone walls.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
British Dictionary definitions for mirror
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
such a reflecting surface mounted in a frame
any reflecting surface
a thing that reflects or depicts something else: the press is a mirror of public opinion
(tr) to reflect, represent, or depict faithfully: he mirrors his teacher's ideals
- mirror-like, adjective
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Scientific definitions for mirror
An object that causes light or other radiation to be reflected from its surface, with little or no diffusion. Common mirrors consist of a thin sheet or film of metal, such as silver, behind or covering a glass pane. Mirrors are used extensively in telescopes, microscopes, lasers, fiber optics, measuring instruments, and many other devices. See more at reflection.
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