What does reflection mean?

Definitions for reflection
rɪˈflɛk ʃənre·flec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing, thoughtfulnessnoun

    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

  2. reflection, reflexionnoun

    the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface

  3. expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexionnoun

    expression without words

    "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"

  4. mirror image, reflection, reflexionnoun

    a likeness in which left and right are reversed

  5. reflection, reflexionnoun

    the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)

    "he studied his reflection in the mirror"

  6. reflectionnoun

    (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed

  7. observation, reflection, reflexionnoun

    a remark expressing careful consideration

  8. reflection, reflexion, reflectivitynoun

    the ability to reflect beams or rays


  1. reflectionnoun

    The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.

  2. reflectionnoun

    The property of a propagated wave being thrown back from a surface (such as a mirror).

  3. reflectionnoun

    Something, such as an image, that is reflected.

    The dog barked at his own reflection in the mirror.

  4. reflectionnoun

    Careful thought or consideration.

    After careful reflection, I have decided not to vote for that proposition.

  5. reflectionnoun

    An implied criticism.

    It is a reflection on his character that he never wavered in his resolve.

  6. reflectionnoun

    The process or mechanism of determining the capabilities of an object at run-time.

  7. Etymology: From reflexion, reflection, and its source reflexio, from the participle stem of reflectere. The current spelling is influenced by reflect.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reflectionnoun

    Etymology: from reflect: thence I think reflexion less proper: reflexion, Fr. reflexus, Lat.

    The eye sees not itself,
    But by reflection from other things. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    If the sun’s light consisted but of one sort of rays, there would be but one colour, and it would be impossible to produce any new by reflections or refractions. George Cheyne.

    Inanimate matter moves always in a straight line, nor ever reflects in an angle or circle, which is a continual reflection, unless by some external impulse. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    She shines not upon fools, lest the reflection should hurt her. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    As the sun in water we can bear,
    Yet not the sun, but his reflection there;
    So let us view her here, in what she was,
    And take her image in this watry glass. Dryden.

    The three first parts I dedicate to my old friends, to take off those melancholy reflections, which the sense of age, infirmity and death may give them. John Denham.

    This dreadful image so possess’d her mind,
    She ceas’d all farther hope; and now began
    To make reflection on th’ unhappy man. Dryden.

    Job’s reflections on his once flourishing estate, did at the same time afflict and encourage him. Francis Atterbury.

    What wounding reproaches of soul must he feel, from the reflections on his own ingratitude. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Reflection is the perception of the operations of our own minds within us, as it is employed about the ideas it has got. John Locke.

    This delight grows and improves under thought and reflection; and while it exercises, does also endear itself to the mind; at the same time employing and inflaming the meditations. Robert South, Sermons.

    He dy’d; and oh! may no reflection shed
    Its pois’nous venom on the royal dead. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reflectionnoun

    the act of reflecting, or turning or sending back, or the state of being reflected

  2. Reflectionnoun

    the return of rays, beams, sound, or the like, from a surface. See Angle of reflection, below

  3. Reflectionnoun

    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

  4. Reflectionnoun

    shining; brightness, as of the sun

  5. Reflectionnoun

    that which is produced by reflection

  6. Reflectionnoun

    an image given back from a reflecting surface; a reflected counterpart

  7. Reflectionnoun

    a part reflected, or turned back, at an angle; as, the reflection of a membrane

  8. Reflectionnoun

    result of meditation; thought or opinion after attentive consideration or contemplation; especially, thoughts suggested by truth

  9. Reflectionnoun

    censure; reproach cast

  10. Reflectionnoun

    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


  1. Reflection

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reflection

    Reflexion, rē-flek′shun, n. the act of reflecting: the change of direction when a ray of light, &c., strikes upon a surface and is thrown back: the state of being reflected: that which is reflected: the action of the mind by which it is conscious of its own operations: attentive consideration: contemplation: censure or reproach: (anat.) the folding of a part, a fold.—adj. Reflect′ive, reflecting: considering the operations of the mind: exercising thought or reflection: (gram.) reciprocal.—adv. Reflect′ively.—ns. Reflect′iveness; Reflect′or, one who, or that which, reflects: a mirror or polished reflecting surface: a censurer.—adj. Reflect′ory.

Editors Contribution

  1. reflection

    1 ) the return of light or sound waves from a surface. 2) an image you see when looking into a mirror. 3) a behaviour or act the reveals someone's true nature is said to be a reflection of who they are. 4) careful thought and consideration, to think or ponder in a meaningful way, meditation. 5) an opinion formed or a remark made after careful consideration.

    Submitted by Soulwriter on June 2, 2021  
  2. reflection

    The act and process of to reflect.

    The reflection of the light through the window is so beautiful on the crystals it beams light.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reflection' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4464

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reflection' in Nouns Frequency: #1563

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reflection in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reflection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of reflection in a Sentence

  1. James Levine:

    The fidget itself is actually a reflection of the brain sending out a signal to get moving, if you can get out and walk around you do that, but if you are stuck behind a desk with a pile of work to do then you just make all the little movements you can.

  2. Stephen Jay Gould:

    “The literal record was not a hopelessly and imperfect fraction of truly insensible gradation within large populations but an accurate reflection of the actual process identified by evolutionists as the chief motor of biological change. The theory of punctuated equilibrium was, in its initial formulation, little more than this insight adumbrated.”

  3. Denis Diderot:

    There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.

  4. Kathleen Wilson:

    The coolness of water will make a swimmer less aware of a growing sunburn, while reflection of sunlight is more apparent on the beach, it can occur in the water as well. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends reapplying sunscreen at least every two hours to remain protected or immediately after a swim or excessive sweating occurs. For long-distance swimmers, re-applying sunscreen can be impossible once it wears off, so using an alternative like Balmex can be necessary, said Wilson. Traditionally used to treat diaper rash, Wilson said the key ingredient of zinc oxide makes Balmex a useful sunscreen. Its stickiness and adherence to the skin for lengthy periods provides swimmers with adequate sun protection, she said. Exposure to bacteria, parasites Swimmers may be unaware of the dangers of toxic algae, bacterial growth and parasites that thrive in warmer waters. There's also an extremely rare risk of exposure to Naegleria fowleri, a deadly brain-eating amoeba found in bodies of warm freshwater.

  5. Rory Fyfe:

    I expect this is a reflection of poor international demand, it was not worth it from their view. If there's no substantial value or demand why do it and take additional legal risk?.

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    proceed or issue forth, as from a source
    • A. elate
    • B. famish
    • C. abduct
    • D. emanate

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