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reflect
used in The Scarlet Letter

3 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —5 uses as in:
reflect in the mirror
Definition
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
  • My imagination was a tarnished mirror. It would not reflect, or only with miserable dimness, the figures with which I did my best to people it.
    Introductory (75% in)
reflect = shine back an image
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • That look of naughty merriment was likewise reflected in the mirror, with so much breadth and intensity of effect, that it made Hester Prynne feel as if it could not be the image of her own child, but of an imp who was seeking to mould itself into Pearl's shape.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (86% in)
  • reflected = shown (a scene back)
  • Just where she had paused, the brook chanced to form a pool so smooth and quiet that it reflected a perfect image of her little figure, with all the brilliant picturesqueness of her beauty, in its adornment of flowers and wreathed foliage, but more refined and spiritualized than the reality.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (25% in)
  • reflected = showed (an image back)
  • In the brook, again, was the fantastic beauty of the image, with its reflected frown, its pointed finger, and imperious gesture, giving emphasis to the aspect of little Pearl.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (49% in)
  • reflected = shown back
  • The child turned her eyes to the point indicated, and there lay the scarlet letter so close upon the margin of the stream that the gold embroidery was reflected in it.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (66% in)
reflected = shown (back)
There are no more uses of "reflect" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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2  —1 use as in:
I want to reflect on it.
Definition
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
  • I know not that I especially needed the lesson, either in the way of warning or rebuke; but at any rate, I learned it thoroughly: nor, it gives me pleasure to reflect, did the truth, as it came home to my perception, ever cost me a pang, or require to be thrown off in a sigh.
    Introductory (57% in)
reflect = think back (remember and consider)
There are no more uses of "reflect" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

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3  —2 uses as in:
reflect the light/heat/sound
Definition
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
  • It throws its unobtrusive tinge throughout the room, with a faint ruddiness upon the walls and ceiling, and a reflected gleam upon the polish of the furniture.
    Introductory (79% in)
reflected = shined
  • Letting the eyes follow along the course of the stream, they could catch the reflected light from its water, at some short distance within the forest, but soon lost all traces of it amid the bewilderment of tree-trunks and underbrush, and here and there a huge rock covered over with gray lichens.
    Chapter 16 -- A Forest Walk (62% in)
reflected = bounced back
There are no more uses of "reflect" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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