Definitions for reflectionrɪˈflɛk ʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
the return of light, heat, or sound after striking a surface.
Category: Optics, Physics
something reflected, as an image.
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.
Ref: Also, esp. Brit., reflexion.
Origin of reflection:
1350–1400; ME < LL reflexiō bending back = L reflect(ere) (see reflect ) +-tiō -tion
contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing, thoughtfulness(noun)
a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion(noun)
expression without words
"tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
mirror image, reflection, reflexion(noun)
a likeness in which left and right are reversed
the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)
"he studied his reflection in the mirror"
(mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed
observation, reflection, reflexion(noun)
a remark expressing careful consideration
reflection, reflexion, reflectivity(noun)
the ability to reflect beams or rays
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an image reflected on a surface
his reflection in the mirror
thought or consideration
It seemed interesting but, on reflection, I decided against it.
a sign or indication of sth
Is this shocking movie a reflection of society?
the process of reflecting, light, sound, heat, etc.
the angle of reflection
sth that reveals what sth is like
The size of the diamond is not a reflection on its quality.
The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
The property of a propagated wave being thrown back from a surface (such as a mirror).
Something, such as an image, that is reflected.
The dog barked at his own reflection in the mirror.
Careful thought or consideration.
After careful reflection, I have decided not to vote for that proposition.
An implied criticism.
It is a reflection on his character that he never wavered in his resolve.
The process or mechanism of determining the capabilities of an object at run-time.
Origin: From reflexion, reflection, and its source reflexio, from the participle stem of reflectere. The current spelling is influenced by reflect.
the act of reflecting, or turning or sending back, or the state of being reflected
the return of rays, beams, sound, or the like, from a surface. See Angle of reflection, below
the reverting of the mind to that which has already occupied it; continued consideration; meditation; contemplation; hence, also, that operation or power of the mind by which it is conscious of its own acts or states; the capacity for judging rationally, especially in view of a moral rule or standard
shining; brightness, as of the sun
that which is produced by reflection
an image given back from a reflecting surface; a reflected counterpart
a part reflected, or turned back, at an angle; as, the reflection of a membrane
result of meditation; thought or opinion after attentive consideration or contemplation; especially, thoughts suggested by truth
censure; reproach cast
the transference of an excitement from one nerve fiber to another by means of the nerve cells, as in reflex action. See Reflex action, under Reflex
In computer science, reflection is the ability of a computer program to examine and modify the structure and behavior of an object at runtime. Reflection is most commonly used in high-level virtual machine programming languages like Smalltalk and scripting languages and also in manifestly typed or statically typed programming languages such as Java, ML, Haskell, C# and Scala.
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