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[ri-flekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cast back (light, heat, sound, etc.) from a surface: The mirror reflected the light onto the wall.
  2. to give back or show an image of; mirror.
  3. (of an act or its result) to serve to cast or bring (credit, discredit, etc.) on its performer.
  4. to reproduce; show: followers reflecting the views of the leader.
  5. to throw or cast back; cause to return or rebound: Her bitterness reflects gloom on all her family.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be turned or cast back, as light.
  2. to cast back light, heat, etc.
  3. to be reflected or mirrored.
  4. to give back or show an image.
  5. to think, ponder, or meditate: to reflect on one's virtues and faults.
  6. to serve or tend to bring reproach or discredit by association: His crimes reflected on the whole community.
  7. to serve to give a particular aspect or impression: The test reflects well on your abilities.
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Origin of reflect

1350–1400; Middle English reflecten < Latin reflectere to bend back, equivalent to re- re- + flectere to bend
Related formsre·flect·ed·ly, adverbre·flect·ed·ness, nounre·flect·i·bil·i·ty, nounre·flect·i·ble, adjectivere·flect·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·re·flect, verbmis·re·flect, verbnon·re·flect·ed, adjectivenon·re·flect·ing, adjectivewell-re·flect·ed, adjective

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Related Words for reflecting

follow, echo, reverse, mirror, reveal, show, express, manifest, indicate, display, shine, repeat, return, emulate, rebound, flash, revert, resonate, reproduce, cast

Examples from the Web for reflecting

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Historical Examples of reflecting

  • Reflecting, by your ostentation, upon all the ladies in the county, who do not as you do.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • "In fact——" She paused, reflecting, with her head to one side.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • "The Emperor has another plan," said the policeman, after reflecting for a couple of minutes.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Mademoiselle Saget was reflecting, and she expressed her thoughts aloud.

  • He seemed to be reflecting and to find his reflections not too pleasant.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for reflecting

reflect

verb
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which light, other electromagnetic radiation, sound, particles, etc, are thrown back after impinging on a surface
  2. (of a mirror, etc) to form an image of (something) by reflection
  3. (tr) to show or expresshis tactics reflect his desire for power
  4. (tr) to bring as a consequencethe success of the project reflected great credit on all the staff
  5. (intr ; foll by on or upon) to cause to be regarded in a specified wayher behaviour reflects well on her
  6. (intr ; foll by on or upon) to cast dishonour, discredit, etc (on)his conduct reflects on his parents
  7. (intr usually foll by on) to think, meditate, or ponder
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Word Origin for reflect

C15: from Latin reflectere to bend back, from re- + flectere to bend; see flex
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Word Origin and History for reflecting

reflect

v.

late 14c., "turn or bend back;" early 15c., "to divert, to turn aside, deflect," from Old French reflecter (14c.), from Latin reflectere "bend back, turn back" (see reflection). Of mirrors or polished surfaces, to shine back light rays or images, early 15c.; meaning "to turn one's thoughts back on" is c.1600. Related: Reflected; reflecting.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reflecting in Medicine

reflect

(rĭ-flĕkt)
v.
  1. To bend back.
  2. To throw or bend back light, heat, or sound from a surface.
  3. To think seriously.
  4. To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus.
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