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, 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. Craig Fehr:

    In terms of the divergence between commodity prices and the performance of the energy stocks, it's a reflection of some rotation that we're seeing in the market.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Eternal insomnia for days on end, the brain does not rest at all. You never sleep, because you are at work all day and then you dream that you are at work, wake up in the morning, go to work. Or do you dream that you wander somewhere, in nature, in the city, run away or fight with someone, and in the morning you complain that you are not getting enough sleep. 2. All memory in the cartridge. Life as a compact cassette, the contents of the reality of the subconscious - this is the content of the same cassette tape, all the memory deja vu on the reels of the cassette representing the past and future. 3. Artifacts of experience in the memory of past lives, live with us forever in the abyss of oblivion, and some like buoys emerge and warn of the depth of unconsciousness. 4. The chain of optimism is the weak link of naivety in human evolution. Optimism from a smile for a stranglehold of reality leading to the comic surrealism of the dreaming paradoxes of the human world. 5. Love is a night lamp from gloomy thoughts of the past. 6. Genius is telepathy with eternity. 7. Expressive horror, clownish smile of shock of truth, there are so many horrors and mental sufferings in it. An evil laugh of inevitability sounds. You are in the hands of a butcher of reality. All people from different dimensions of illusions do not hide from the truth, go play. 8. You hear the shocking laugh of brutal awareness. You are in the clown horror, the smile of the reality in the form of a clown becomes gigantic and it eats you moving to the zone of eternal laughter of indifference, where you are among faceless people in chains, on them plastic masks on the floor of the face with terrible smiles of disappointment a mask of nervous laughter emanates from them souls are cremated by despair; they don’t respond to you because they are undead unscrupulous. 9. Will turns life into a lucid dream. 10. Life is a two-room apartment, where one room is a city, the other is a dream. 11. The main thing in this world is family and awareness, the rest is decor. 12. Materialism is a cell of the mind that suppresses the will of the mind. 13. Enlarged or altered parts of the body are prostheses of pride, a disabled ego, you can see how the brain looks, but not the soul, a mutated mind exhausted by knowledge. 14. For a single person, the heart will become a friend, the body will be the soul, and the mind will become a horse. 15. Pride will take away the truth from the world without which there will be no future only spiritual poverty. 16. A frightening schizoid, bloody smile of rage burns with fire several hundred meters. Tearing the face and psyche and the skull itself, a delightful light smile of insensibility. 17. Time will show a complete psychological portrait of mankind to light and darkness. 18. Faith is stronger than all torture; there is nothing more powerful in the whole universe than faith that feeds will. 19. Truth - these are very strongly tightened strings, you need to play them very carefully and then you will hear an unforgettable melody of truth that may turn out to be the last in your life. 20. Reality is decomposing and all the ridiculous horrors of reality are visible, since you are in the lush chronosphere, where the quantum genetic transformations of the instincts of despair are in, in the projection of an alternative reality of the ego of power in which everything is programmed for decomposition. 21. An alternative is all that you have left. 22. Around you are bodypainting instincts of despair, a reflection of naked and at the same time false inner sensations and complexes. 23. Laughter and a frozen smile with tears is a state of doom that says that there is no more hope. Such laughter is heard in society, it is increasingly painful to look at the schizoid smiles of selfishness, under large bandanas in the form of eerie toothy smiles. You laugh until your heart stops. 24. You are in the unconscious, subconsciously instinctive, unpredictable chaos of the violent chronosphere, where the air is discharged and saturated with ignorance. You feel in yourself a silent smile of rage, the laugh of an ever-smiling death, in the intense silence of the unpredictable instincts of despair. You feel insult - this is rebirth, a laughing monster of disappointment, a smiling gloom, a crying smile, painted in the bright colors of depression, the laughter of this creature sounds in you for days, amplified by the laughter of people who laugh at you, you hear them ugly laugh, it gets louder and louder, you're scared, you cry and finally open your eyes, and realize that you are among strangers. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  3. Paul White:

    This was reported as a big outsize public health crisis and in reality it's just a reflection of a lot of e-scooter trips happening in a city that previously had none, we're not saying we're done and mission accomplished by any means. We have a lot of work to do, cities have a lot of work to do.

  4. Thomas Paine:

    The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

  5. Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski:

    And while of course our ambitions are much higher than half a percentage, it is definitely an interesting reflection of how extremely big the market is.

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