- 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
Examples from the Web for reflexion
The numerous enquiries which the patient had made, furnished him with materials for reflexion.Observations on Madness and Melancholy|John Haslam
At this season of the year the reflexion from the ice and snow is so intense as to occasion almost total blindness.History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I.|Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
This reflexion destroyed all her composure; and every strong passion, every turbulent emotion, resumed its empire over her mind.The Wanderer (Volume 2 of 5)|Fanny Burney
That such ladies wouldn't be able to help falling in love with him was a reflexion naturally irritating to his wife.What Maisie Knew|Henry James
Carlyle interpreting young Luther's reflexion on the sudden death by his side of his friend Alexis.
British Dictionary definitions for reflexion (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for reflexion (2 of 2)
less commonly reflexion
Word Origin and History for 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.