What does reflection mean?

Definitions for reflection
rɪˈflɛk ʃənre·flec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemplation, reflection, reflexion, rumination, musing, thoughtfulness(noun)

    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

  2. reflection, reflexion(noun)

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

  3. expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion(noun)

    expression without words

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

  4. mirror image, reflection, reflexion(noun)

    a likeness in which left and right are reversed

  5. reflection, reflexion(noun)

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

    "he studied his reflection in the mirror"

  6. reflection(noun)

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

  7. observation, reflection, reflexion(noun)

    a remark expressing careful consideration

  8. reflection, reflexion, reflectivity(noun)

    the ability to reflect beams or rays

Wiktionary

  1. reflection(Noun)

    The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.

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

  2. reflection(Noun)

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

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

  3. reflection(Noun)

    Something, such as an image, that is reflected.

    The dog barked at his own reflection in the mirror.

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

  4. reflection(Noun)

    Careful thought or consideration.

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

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

  5. reflection(Noun)

    An implied criticism.

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

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

  6. reflection(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reflection(noun)

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

  2. Reflection(noun)

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

  3. Reflection(noun)

    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. Reflection(noun)

    shining; brightness, as of the sun

  5. Reflection(noun)

    that which is produced by reflection

  6. Reflection(noun)

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

  7. Reflection(noun)

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

  8. Reflection(noun)

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

  9. Reflection(noun)

    censure; reproach cast

  10. Reflection(noun)

    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

Freebase

  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

    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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How to say reflection in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Jen Psaki:

    I think it is safe to say not everything you are hearing from the Israeli government is an accurate reflection of the details of the talks.

  2. Roy Blunt:

    Nothing is as easy as it should be right now, i don't think that's a reflection on him as much as it's a reflection on the moment.

  3. Russell Moore:

    I think the death of Billy Graham is a time for all of us to reflect on the hope that Billy Graham preached – forgiveness of sins and peace with God through Jesus Christ, i hope there’s a great deal of reflection, not just on what Billy Graham did, but why.

  4. John Barnhill:

    You might see a student's score and think, not bad but clearly below our university average. But then when you compare it to the school, it might be above the 75 percentile, which means they outperformed most people at their school, i believe this context is a more accurate reflection of what the score represents.

  5. David Smith:

    This is a reflection on their efforts and National Park is very fortunate to have a community that exhibits the kind of care and concern witnessed over the last week.

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