[ ri-flek-shuhn ]
/ rɪˈflɛk ʃən /
the act of reflecting, as in casting back a light or heat, mirroring, or giving back or showing an image; the state of being reflected in this way.
an image; representation; counterpart.
a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.
a thought occurring in consideration or meditation.
an unfavorable remark or observation.
the casting of some imputation or reproach.
- the return of light, heat, sound, etc., after striking a surface.
- something so reflected, as heat or especially light.
- (in a plane) the replacement of each point on one side of a line by the point symmetrically placed on the other side of the line.
- (in space) the replacement of each point on one side of a plane by the symmetric point on the other side of the plane.
Anatomy. the bending or folding back of a part upon itself.
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Also especially British, re·flex·ion.
Origin of reflection
re·flec·tion·al, adjectivere·flec·tion·less, adjectivein·ter·re·flec·tion, nounnon·re·flec·tion, noun
o·ver·re·flec·tion, nounself-re·flec·tion, nounsu·per·re·flec·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-reflection
less commonly reflexion
/ (rɪˈflɛkʃən) /
the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected
something reflected or the image so produced, as by a mirror
careful or long consideration or thought
implicit or explicit attribution of discredit or blame
maths a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed or which changes the sign of one of the variables
anatomy the bending back of a structure or part upon itself
Derived Formsreflectional or reflexional, adjective
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Medicine definitions for non-reflection
[ rĭ-flĕk′shən ]
The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
Something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected.
The folding of a membrane from the wall of a cavity over an organ and back to the wall.
The folds so made.
Mental concentration; careful consideration.
A thought or an opinion resulting from such consideration.
Related formsre•flec′tion•al adj.
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Science definitions for non-reflection
[ rĭ-flĕk′shən ]
The change in direction of a wave, such as a light or sound wave, away from a boundary the wave encounters. Reflected waves remain in their original medium rather than entering the medium they encounter.♦ According to the law of reflection, the angle of reflection of a reflected wave is equal to its angle of incidence. Compare refraction. See more at wave.
Something, such as sound, light, or heat, that is reflected.
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Culture definitions for non-reflection
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