mirror image


an image of an object, plan, person, etc., as it would appear if viewed in a mirror, with right and left reversed.
an object having a spatial arrangement that corresponds to that of another object except that the right-to-left sense on one object corresponds to the left-to-right sense on the other.

Origin of mirror image

First recorded in 1880–85
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Related Words for mirror image

doppelganger, copy, facsimile, lookalike

Examples from the Web for mirror image

Contemporary Examples of mirror image

  • After the meeting, he told The New York Times that meeting Kyenge gave him a “mirror-image feeling.”

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    Bill de Blasio’s Roman Holiday

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    July 23, 2014

  • The mirror-image systems of communism and fascism promised to solve problems quickly through command and control.

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    Market Leninism vs. the West

    John Avlon

    March 30, 2014

Historical Examples of mirror image

  • There was even one letter 'o' which appeared to be upside down, or, perhaps, a mirror-image.

    'A Comedy of Errors' in Seven Acts

    Spokeshave (AKA Old Fogy)

  • I could see in the mirror-image, behind Dud's head the outlines of the little public cubby from which he was calling.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

  • These he observed to be of two kinds differing in form as a right glove from a left, or as an object from its mirror-image.

British Dictionary definitions for mirror image

mirror image


an image as observed in a mirror
an object that corresponds to another object in the same way as it would correspond to its image in a mirror
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