- 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.
- reflect on,
- reflected plan,
- reflecting telescope,
- reflection coefficient,
- reflection density,
- reflection nebula,
- reflection plane,
Origin of reflection
Examples from the Web for self-reflection
We have moments of self-reflection in our real lives where you think, “Ah, why did I do that?”Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016|Marlow Stern|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They create ossified institutions, paralyzed by groupthink and incapable of self-reflection.
But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela|The Daily Beast|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Maybe these hearings are a time for self-reflection,” Graham offered.
Signs, however, are means of self-reflection, and thus by their nature means of communication.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
In certain robust minds, but little given to self-reflection, the idea of personal value rarely occurs.Illusions|James Sully
Self-reflection, then, he had been taught to regard as the key of real knowledge.
It reveals the inmost man in a way which bespeaks the centuries of self-reflection in the cloister which had preceded it.
The Socratic maxim, "know thyself," introverts the mental gaze, and self-reflection now becomes the method of philosophy.
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.