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


  1. reflection(Noun)

    The act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.

  2. reflection(Noun)

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

  3. reflection(Noun)

    Something, such as an image, that is reflected.

    The dog barked at his own reflection in the mirror.

  4. reflection(Noun)

    Careful thought or consideration.

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

  5. reflection(Noun)

    An implied criticism.

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

  6. reflection(Noun)

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

  7. Origin: 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


  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.

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

How to pronounce reflection?

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How to say reflection in sign language?

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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. Fernando Pacheco:

    Fear is the reflection of ignorance

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.

  3. Bryant McGill:

    The outer world is a reflection of our inner selves.

  4. Leslie Miklosy:

    If my echo met my reflection, would they hit it off?

  5. J. Gregory Keyes, "Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps":

    The mirror never sees itself. The reflection never is itself.

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