Definitions of reflection

  1. expression without words; " tears are an expression of grief"; " the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
  2. a likeness in which left and right are reversed
  3. a remark expressing careful consideration
  4. ( mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed
  5. the image of something as reflected by a mirror ( or other reflective material); " he studied his reflection in the mirror"
  6. the ability to reflect beams or rays
  7. the phenomenon of a propagating wave ( light or sound) being thrown back from a surface
  8. The act of reflecting, or turning or sending back, or the state of being reflected.
  9. The return of rays, beams, sound, or the like, from a surface. See Angle of reflection, below.
  10. 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.
  11. Shining; brightness, as of the sun.
  12. That which is produced by reflection.
  13. An image given back from a reflecting surface; a reflected counterpart.
  14. A part reflected, or turned back, at an angle; as, the reflection of a membrane.
  15. Result of meditation; thought or opinion after attentive consideration or contemplation; especially, thoughts suggested by truth.
  16. Censure; reproach cast.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The act of reflecting; an image thrown by reflected light; meditation; blame; cencure. reflexion.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

Usage examples for reflection

  1. On reflection I accepted this. – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  2. I moved out of the line of the reflection in the glass. – The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Every step causes reflection upon the past. – The Story of Seville by Walter M. Gallichan
  8. He was entirely absorbed by reflection on his own affairs. – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  9. This reflection made him miserable and ill at ease. – Tales from Dickens by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  10. 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
  11. Tom shook his head after a moment's reflection. – Bring Me His Ears by Clarence E. Mulford
  12. Reflection decided her on saying nothing, for that night at least. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  13. 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
  14. It is the reflection of a reflection. – Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion
  15. You mustn't regard my arrival as any reflection on your ability, Inspector Aylesbury. – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  16. This reflection has occurred from the very difficulty into which I am now brought. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli
  17. 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
  18. If this reflection can rob you of regret, think me so. – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  19. 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