What does mirror mean?

Definitions for mirror
ˈmɪr ərmir·ror

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mirrornoun

    polished surface that forms images by reflecting light

  2. mirrorverb

    a faithful depiction or reflection

    "the best mirror is an old friend"

  3. mirrorverb

    reflect as if in a mirror

    "The smallest pond at night mirrors the firmament above"

  4. mirrorverb

    reflect or resemble

    "The plane crash in Milan mirrored the attack in the World Trade Center"


  1. Mirrorverb

    To copy or duplicate; to mimic or imitate; as, the files at Project Gutenberg were mirrored on several other ftp sites around the world.

  2. Mirrorverb

    To have a close resemblance to; as, his opinions often mirrored those of his wife.


  1. mirrornoun

    A smooth surface, usually made of glass with reflective material painted on the underside, that reflects light so as to give an image of what is in front of it.

  2. mirrornoun

    an object, person, or event that reflects or gives a picture of another.

    His story is a mirror into the life of orphans growing up.

  3. mirrornoun

    An exact copy of a data set, especially a website.

    Although the content had been deleted from his blog, it was still found on some mirrors.

  4. mirrorverb

    Of an event, activity, behaviour, etc, to be identical to, to be a copy of.

    He tried to mirror Elvis's life. He copied his fashion and his mannerisms, and even went to live in .

  5. mirrorverb

    To create something identical to (a web site, etc.).

  6. Etymology: From mirour, from mireor, from mirer, to look at, from miror, from mirus.


  1. Mirror

    A mirror is an object that reflects an image. Light that bounces off a mirror will show an image of whatever is in front of it, when focused through the lens of the eye or a camera. Mirrors reverse the direction of the image in an equal yet opposite angle from which the light shines upon it. This allows the viewer to see themselves or objects behind them, or even objects that are at an angle from them but out of their field of view, such as around a corner. Natural mirrors have existed since prehistoric times, such as the surface of water, but people have been manufacturing mirrors out of a variety of materials for thousands of years, like stone, metals, and glass. In modern mirrors, metals like silver or aluminum are often used due to their high reflectivity, applied as a thin coating on glass because of its naturally smooth and very hard surface. A mirror is a wave reflector. Light consists of waves, and when light waves reflect off the flat surface of a mirror, those waves retain the same degree of curvature and vergence, in an equal yet opposite direction, as the original waves. The light can also be pictured as rays (imaginary lines radiating from the light source, that are always perpendicular to the waves). These rays are reflected at an equal yet opposite angle from which they strike the mirror (incident light). This property, called specular reflection, distinguishes a mirror from objects that diffuse light, breaking up the wave and scattering it in many directions (such as flat-white paint). Thus, a mirror can be any surface in which the texture or roughness of the surface is smaller (smoother) than the wavelength of the waves. When looking at a mirror, one will see a mirror image or reflected image of objects in the environment, formed by light emitted or scattered by them and reflected by the mirror towards one's eyes. This effect gives the illusion that those objects are behind the mirror, or (sometimes) in front of it. When the surface is not flat, a mirror may behave like a reflecting lens. A plane mirror will yield a real-looking undistorted image, while a curved mirror may distort, magnify, or reduce the image in various ways, while keeping the lines, contrast, sharpness, colors, and other image properties intact. A mirror is commonly used for inspecting oneself, such as during personal grooming; hence the old-fashioned name looking glass. This use, which dates from prehistory, overlaps with uses in decoration and architecture. Mirrors are also used to view other items that are not directly visible because of obstructions; examples include rear-view mirrors in vehicles, security mirrors in or around buildings, and dentist's mirrors. Mirrors are also used in optical and scientific apparatus such as telescopes, lasers, cameras, periscopes, and industrial machinery. The terms "mirror" and "reflector" can be used for objects that reflect any other types of waves. An acoustic mirror reflects sound waves. Objects such as walls, ceilings, or natural rock-formations may produce echos, and this tendency often becomes a problem in acoustical engineering when designing houses, auditoriums, or recording studios. Acoustic mirrors may be used for applications such as parabolic microphones, atmospheric studies, sonar, and sea floor mapping. An atomic mirror reflects matter waves, and can be used for atomic interferometry and atomic holography.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mirrornoun

    a looking-glass or a speculum; any glass or polished substance that forms images by the reflection of rays of light

  2. Mirrornoun

    that which gives a true representation, or in which a true image may be seen; hence, a pattern; an exemplar

  3. Mirrornoun

    see Speculum

  4. Mirrorverb

    to reflect, as in a mirror

  5. Etymology: [OE. mirour, F. miroir, OF. also mireor, fr. (assumed) LL. miratorium, fr. mirare to look at, L. mirari to wonder. See Marvel, and cf. Miracle, Mirador.]


  1. Mirror

    A mirror is an object that reflects light in a way that preserves much of its original quality subsequent to its contact with the mirror. Some mirrors also filter out some wavelengths, while preserving other wavelengths in the reflection. This is different from other light-reflecting objects that do not preserve much of the original wave signal other than color and diffuse reflected light. The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image. Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself, decoration, and architecture. Mirrors are also used in scientific apparatus such as telescopes and lasers, cameras, and industrial machinery. Most mirrors are designed for visible light; however, mirrors designed for other types of waves or other wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation are also used, especially in non-optical instruments.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mirror

    mir′ur, n. a looking-glass: a reflecting surface, usually made of glass lined at the back with a brilliant metal: a pattern.—v.t. to reflect as in a mirror:—pr.p. mirr′oring; pa.p. mirr′ored.n. Mag′ic-mirr′or, a mirror in which, by means of divination, a person sees scenes in his future life: a Japanese convex mirror, engraved on the back, by which bright light reflected from the polished surface on to a screen gives bright-lined images corresponding to the figures on the back. [O. Fr. mireor, miroir—L. mirāri, -ātus, to wonder at.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mirror

    The speculum of a quadrant, or any silvered or polished reflecting surface.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mirror

    See Inspection of Cannon; also Looking-glass Signaling.


  1. Mirror

    in Cicada; see specular membrane.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mirror' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2745

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mirror' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2933

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mirror' in Nouns Frequency: #1055

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mirror in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mirror in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of mirror in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Aniston:

    True love brings up everything - you're allowing a mirror to be held up to you daily.

  2. Karina Preciado-Quintanilla:

    That is the whole appeal. He is willing to hold up that mirror, he still has that fire, that passion for real reform.

  3. Evan wittmer:

    20/20 hindsight only proves you know how to polish a rear view mirror

  4. Seneca:

    Speech is the mirror of the mind. (Imago Animi Sermo Est)

  5. Vendela Payne:

    My dad was making funny faces, silly faces in the mirror and I felt like screaming the whole time, i know it’s to keep everybody on the plane safe, but she kept patting me down. Pat-down, pat-down. It was like, over and over.

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