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.
- Also especially British, re·flex·ion .
- re·flec·tion·al, adjective
- re·flec·tion·less, adjective
- in·ter·re·flec·tion, noun
- non·re·flec·tion, noun
- o·ver·re·flec·tion, noun
- self-re·flec·tion, noun
- su·per·re·flec·tion, noun
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How to use reflection in a sentence
The KPIs you assign to your promotion strategy will be a unique reflection of your business goals, so it’s possible that your list ends up looking a bit different.Five content promotion strategies SaaS marketers should implement today | Izabelle Hundrev | August 28, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
I believe in constant reflection both personally and professionally.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 26, 2020 | Ozy
You feel familiar thoughts and impulses stir in you, and yet already you sense the effect of the mirrored reflection upon yourself, a reflection to which you are attracted, and from which, simultaneously, you recoil.
This gives you a background that contrasts with the space junk, which reflect light more brightly since they’re closer to Earth, so you no longer have to wait till twilight or pre-dawn to get sunlight reflection measurements.
The move “is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy,” the company said in a blog post.Why are Google and Facebook investing in India despite its crisis-hit economy? | Niharika Sharma | July 15, 2020 | Quartz
The sickness in her mind was a reflection of the sickness of her life, a sickness created by her family and her society.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before we get to all that, permit me a brief reflection on this matter of Steve Scalise.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game | Michael Tomasky | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few minor notes, born of reflection: Traditionally, the best columns are dominated by politics—its most popular topic.
Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items such as dairy and sugar were forbidden.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts | Molly Hannon | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was a fear growing inside of me that my imperfect bruised college experience was a reflection of my own damaged self.
Arrived at the dépôt, I discharged my porter, sat down and waited for the place to open, with ample leisure for reflection.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
You speak with about as little reflection as we might expect from one of those children down there playing in the sand.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
But he could not bear the reflection, and with fevered impatience, he hurried through the business of the morning.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Here he can inspect what he sees, say the reflection of the face of his mother or nurse, and compare it at once with the original.Children's Ways | James Sully
You know the fable about the dog who dropped his meat in the water, trying to snap at its reflection?Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for reflection
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
- reflectional or reflexional, adjective
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Scientific definitions for reflection
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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Cultural definitions for reflection
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