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reflection

[ ri-flek-shuhn ]
/ rɪˈflɛk ʃən /
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noun
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Also especially British, re·flex·ion .

Origin of reflection

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin reflexiōn- (stem of reflexiō) a bending back, equivalent to Latin reflex(us) (see reflex) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM reflection

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reflection

diffraction, diffusion, reflection , rarefaction, refraction
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British Dictionary definitions for reflection

reflection

less commonly reflexion

/ (rɪˈflɛkʃən) /

noun
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 forms of reflection

reflectional or reflexional, adjective
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Scientific definitions for reflection

reflection
[ rĭ-flĕkshən ]

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

reflection

A bouncing of light off a surface. People see themselves in mirrors through reflection. (Compare refraction.)

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