- 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.
- with mirrors, by or as if by magic.
Origin of mirror
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Examples from the Web for mirrored
There is a photocopy collage of the mirrored image divided by bright colors to the right and a more muted palette to the left.
Johns took the original source and mirrored it horizontally, creating a large missing void in the center of the work.
How did the troubled young girl go about drawing sex acts in her notebook that mirrored the ritualistic killings?True Detective’s Red Herring: Actress Erin Moriarty, Who Plays Marty’s Daughter, Tells All
March 10, 2014
More recently, though, her mirrored room installations have garnered all the attention.Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room” Madness Takes Manhattan
December 6, 2013
Added points to Leto for not taking off his mirrored sun glasses throughout the whole thing.The Best (and Worst) Rihanna Covers: Jared Leto, Vin Diesel, Selena Gomez, More
The Daily Beast
September 19, 2013
The lighter grey of the horizon is mirrored in the clearer blue of the sea.The Book of Khalid
What is your inner being worth, unless it be mirrored in action?The Great Hunger
Perhaps they saw the joys of the coming summer, mirrored in their brown depths.Phyllis
She looked at the dark sea that mirrored the night outside the window.Erik Dorn
Mirrored there he saw a different man from the one who had rented the room.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
- 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
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."
- 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.