What does reflection mean?

Definitions for reflection
rɪˈflɛk ʃənre·flec·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reflection.

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

Wiktionary

  1. reflectionnoun

    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. reflectionnoun

    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. reflectionnoun

    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. reflectionnoun

    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. reflectionnoun

    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. reflectionnoun

    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. 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

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  
  2. 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  

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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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. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Movements of the body are a reflection of the soul

  2. Barack Obama:

    Hitler, Mussolini, we all know the result, it was only a call for reflection and for recognition, so that we bear in mind what we have achieved and the great deal still to achieve.

  3. Nelson Atehortua:

    Miscommunication has been constant since the pandemic started, and that has created distrust in the population, so unfortunately -- and this is a reflection that I have made with some colleagues in public health -- Read MorePublic health officials are losing the battle of communication.

  4. Samuel Johnson:

    It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.

  5. Fernando Pacheco:

    Fear is the reflection of ignorance

Images & Illustrations of reflection

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