verb (used with object)


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.


    with mirrors, by or as if by magic.

Origin of mirror

1175–1225; Middle English mirour < Old French mireo(u)r, equivalent to mir- (see mirage) + -eo(u)r < Latin -ātor -ator
Related formsmir·ror·like, adjectiveun·mir·rored, adjective
Can be confusedmere mère mirror

Synonyms for mirror

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Examples from the Web for mirrored

Contemporary Examples of mirrored

Historical Examples of mirrored

  • The lighter grey of the horizon is mirrored in the clearer blue of the sea.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • What is your inner being worth, unless it be mirrored in action?

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

  • Perhaps they saw the joys of the coming summer, mirrored in their brown depths.


    Dorothy Whitehill

  • She looked at the dark sea that mirrored the night outside the window.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • Mirrored there he saw a different man from the one who had rented the room.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for mirrored



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 elsethe press is a mirror of public opinion


(tr) to reflect, represent, or depict faithfullyhe mirrors his teacher's ideals
Derived Formsmirror-like, adjective

Word Origin for mirror

C13: from Old French from mirer to look at, from Latin mīrārī to wonder at
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Word Origin and History for mirrored



early 13c., from Old French mireoir "a reflecting glass, looking glass; observation, model, example," earlier miradoir (11c.), from mirer "look at" (oneself in a mirror), "observe, watch, contemplate," from Vulgar Latin *mirare "to look at," variant of Latin mirari "to wonder at, admire" (see miracle). Figurative usage is attested from c.1300. Used in divination since classical and biblical times; mirrors in modern England are the subject of at least 14 known superstitions, according to folklorists. Belief that breaking one brings bad luck is attested from 1777. The Spanish cognate, mirador (from mirar "to look, look at, behold"), has come to mean "watch tower." Mirror ball attested from 1968.



"to reflect," 1590s, from mirror (n.). Related: Mirrored; mirroring. The Middle English verb mirouren (early 15c.) meant "to be a model" (for conduct, behavior, etc.), while miren (mid-14c., from Old French mirer) meant "to look in a mirror."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mirrored in Science



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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