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Definitions of reflection

  1.   ( mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed
  2.   The act of returning or throwing back; state of being returned or thrown back; as, the reflection of light; that which returned or thrown back, such as light or heat; an image given back; as, your reflection in a mirror; attentive consideration; thought; criticism; reproach; as, a reflection on one's character; the folding of a part back on itself.
  3.   a calm lengthy intent consideration
  4.   expression without words; " tears are an expression of grief"; " the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
  5.   The act of reflecting; an image thrown by reflected light; meditation; blame; cencure. reflexion.
  6.   An image given back from a reflecting surface; a reflected counterpart.
  7.   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.
  8.   Act of reflecting; anything reflected; meditation; censure.
  9.   The act of reflecting, or turning or sending back, or the state of being reflected.
  10.   Censure; reproach cast.
  11.   That which is produced by reflection.
  12.   The throwing back of rays of light.
  13.   A part reflected, or turned back, at an angle; as, the reflection of a membrane.
  14.   The act of reflecting: the sending back of light, beat, etc.: 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.
  15.   Result of meditation; thought or opinion after attentive consideration or contemplation; especially, thoughts suggested by truth.
  16.   Act of reflecting; the state of being reflected; that which is reflected; thoughtful consideration, specially self- consideration; attention to states of self- consciousness or one's mental operations; the expression of thought; censure; reproach.
  17.   Shining; brightness, as of the sun.
  18.   a remark expressing careful consideration
  19.   a likeness in which left and right are reversed
  20.   the phenomenon of a propagating wave ( light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
  21.   the ability to reflect beams or rays
  22.   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.
  23.   the image of something as reflected by a mirror ( or other reflective material); " he studied his reflection in the mirror"
  24.   The return of rays, beams, sound, or the like, from a surface. See Angle of reflection, below.
  25.   The act of reflecting or throwing back; the rebound of heat, light, or sound, or other body, from a surface against which it has struck; the action of the mind by which it views Its own operations; attentive consideration; censure or reproach.

Quotes of reflection

  1. The shock caused by the September 11 events has also lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity between rich and poor countries, on the misery of populations of the South. – Omar Bongo
  2. There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. – Confucius
  3. Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed. – Desiderius Erasmus
  4. The reflection of the flame in the glass seems to be touching the hand. And you feel the helpless fear of these dismembered parts. This sort of thing can hardly be visualized at the script stage. – Terence Fisher
  5. Today begins a new saga in my life which I expect to strengthen me and allow me time for reflection I plan to write music while in prison, read and pray regularly and will come out a stronger, more confident woman. – Lil' Kim
  6. Music is my life, it is a reflection of what I go through. – Lenny Kravitz
  7. Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him. – John Locke
  8. The only thing that's a little tricky about it is sometimes people assume that if it's a new song, it's a reflection of what you're feeling or going through now. – Richard Marx
  9. When the soul drifts uncertainly between life and the dream, between the mind's disorder and the return to cool reflection it is in religious thought that we should seek consolation. – Gerard De Nerval
  10. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection – Thomas Paine
  11. Through F1, I bought my own boat. I learned to fly my own plane and helicopter. And my job with my company is a reflection of everything motor racing taught me. – Nelson Piquet
  12. Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution. – Sophocles
  13. Work needs to be a reflection of your social values. You are how you work! – Leigh Steinberg
  14. Without reflection we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. – Margaret J. Wheatley

Usage examples for reflection

  1. Reflection decided her on saying nothing, for that night at least. ” – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. This reflection made him miserable and ill at ease. ” – Tales from Dickens by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  3. On reflection I accepted this. ” – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  4. It was this reflection more even than the thought of the broken line, which troubled him that evening. ” – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  5. If this reflection can rob you of regret, think me so. ” – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  6. She paused a moment in reflection – The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys by Gulielma Zollinger
  7. The travelers had dined well, but not too well, and were ready to be happy, and to see in others the reflection of their own contented holiday mood. ” – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  8. But Anna dreaded a scene, and dreaded her mother, too, and after a moment's reflection that her Charlie would write again, and Adah, who now went regularly to the office, would get it and bring it to her, she said: " Does mother always look over the letters?" ” – Bad Hugh by Mary Jane Holmes
  9. It is the reflection of a reflection – Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion
  10. It was a matter of reflection before I could utter the word " yes," and then a study to give her name. ” – A Woman's Life-Work Labors and Experiences by Laura S. Haviland
  11. There can be but little danger from Congress; for our acts are but the reflection of the will of the people. ” – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  12. It is a hard thing to say of a woman-" Monsieur de Gemosac paused for a moment in reflection – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  13. He was entirely absorbed by reflection on his own affairs. ” – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. On reflection too, the Countess praised herself for having done all that could be done. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  15. “ Tom shook his head after a moment's reflection – Bring Me His Ears by Clarence E. Mulford
  16. Then he begged the noble widow to look into the glass and to let him know as soon as there was any reflection of the battle. ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  17. You mustn't regard my arrival as any reflection on your ability, Inspector Aylesbury. ” – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  18. “ I moved out of the line of the reflection in the glass. ” – The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
  19. Every step causes reflection upon the past. ” – The Story of Seville by Walter M. Gallichan
  20. This reflection has occurred from the very difficulty into which I am now brought. ” – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli