- 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.
Origin of reflection
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Examples from the Web for reflection
Contemporary Examples of reflection
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
January 3, 2015
A few minor notes, born of reflection: Traditionally, the best columns are dominated by politics—its most popular topic.The Best Columns of 2014
John Avlon, Errol Louis
December 31, 2014
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
December 24, 2014
There was a fear growing inside of me that my imperfect bruised college experience was a reflection of my own damaged self.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
Perhaps instead, he then adds, it is a reflection that an increase in support is working.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease
October 31, 2014
Historical Examples of reflection
She had small chance to indulge in reflection, for at her first self-conscious move he reached swiftly and caught her hand.North of Fifty-Three
Bertrand W. Sinclair
The second Dzan, or reflection, is reserved for the beings occupying the next three seats.The Life or Legend of Gaudama
Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
In order for this to take place, a certain amount of reflection and imagination is required on his part.Heart and Soul
Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
Time and reflection caused Captain Whipple to see the impropriety of the traffic and entirely abandon it at an early day.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution
L. Carroll Judson
The first night on board ship, homeward boundwhat a night for reflection!
less commonly reflexion
late 14c., reflexion, in reference to surfaces throwing back light or heat, from Late Latin reflexionem (nominative reflexio) "a reflection," literally "a bending back," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reflectere "to bend back, bend backwards, turn away," from re- "back" (see re-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Of the mind, from 1670s. Meaning "remark made after turning back one's thought on some subject" is from 1640s. Spelling with -ct- recorded from late 14c., established 18c., by influence of the verb.