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reflect -- as in: reflect the light/heat/sound
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as in: reflect the light/heat/sound Define
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
  • We’re replacing all the warning signs with signs that reflect headlights in the dark.
  • The stop signs in this neighborhood reflect light, so you won’t miss them even if there isn’t a nearby street light.
  • Reflective highway signs save lives.
  • I wear a reflective jacket when I bicycle at night.

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  • We get an echo when the sound reflects off of the canyon walls.
  • He was a thin leathery man with colorless eyes, so colorless they did not reflect light.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • the landscape seemed to grow larger and more detailed as he squinted over the side of the dragon, and he wondered whether it had divined the presence of fresh water by the flashes of reflected sunlight.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Eventually, I give in and slide into the sleeping bag with Peeta. It’s toasty warm and I snuggle down gratefully until I realize it’s more than warm, it’s overly hot because the bag is reflecting back his fever.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The glowing embers cast faint shadows into the surrounding night, and under the trees, a large set of eyes reflected the light, staring patiently out of the darkness.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The glass building above the Pit reflects sunlight into my eyes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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  • The setting sun was illuminating each blade of grass. It was reflecting off the girl’s glasses, making a halo of light around the girl’s round head, setting the whole world on fire.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • He could make out the bay and see moonlight reflecting against one shore.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Outside, the air is crisp and cold and the sky is orange from the setting sun. It reflects off the black glass of the Hub.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Because my dress, oh, my dress is entirely covered in reflective precious gems, red and yellow and white with bits of blue that accent the tips of the flame design.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • When he stands in the center, he looks from the Dauntless bowl to the Candor bowl—the orange flames that rise higher each moment, and the glass reflecting blue light.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Over my left shoulder, orange light from the setting sun reflects off the glass buildings, and I can faintly see the rows of gray houses that used to be my home.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • You have been compelled to cultivate your reflective faculties for want of occasions for frittering your life away in silly trifles.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Ned Lambert asked with a reflective glance at his toecaps.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There were many crass minds in Middlemarch whose reflective scales could only weigh things in the lump; and they had a strong suspicion that since Mr. Bulstrode could not enjoy life in their fashion, eating and drinking so little as he did, and worreting himself about everything, he must have a sort of vampire’s feast in the sense of mastery.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …is the tragedy of irresolution; but all Shakespear’s projections of the deepest humanity he knew have the same defect: their characters and manners are lifelike; but their actions are forced on them from without, and the external force is grotesquely inappropriate except when it is quite conventional, as in the case of Henry V. Falstaff is more vivid than any of these serious reflective characters, because he is self-acting: his motives are his own appetites and instincts and humors.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Their gentle influence may teach us how to weave fresh garlands for the graves of those we loved: may purify our thoughts, and bear down before it old enmity and hatred; but beneath all this, there lingers, in the least reflective mind, a vague and half-formed consciousness of having held such feelings long before, in some remote and distant time, which calls up solemn thoughts of distant times to come, and bends down pride and worldliness beneath it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • After another reflective silence, Tom said: "Hucky, you sure you can keep mum?"
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • M. de Morcerf is sometimes occupied, his business makes him reflective, and he might, without intending it"— "Nothing could be in better taste than my father’s demeanor, madame," said Albert; "nay, more, he seemed greatly flattered at two or three compliments which the count very skilfully and agreeably paid him with as much ease as if he had known him these thirty years.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Maggie’s tears had ceased, and she looked reflective as Tom left her.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The voice slowed down and added in an impersonal, reflective manner, as if the words were not addressed to anyone, "Of course, I’d have the problem of maintaining a certain social position …. it’s not my fault if I’ll be embarrassed by a family name associated with a millionaire…… I would need enough money for a year or two …. to establish myself in a manner suitable to my-"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • When he turned to his teammates, he encountered a reef of curious, reflective faces all gazing at him woodenly with morose and inscrutable animosity.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • After stretching a reflective sun tarp across the cockpit window, the pilot ushered them to an oversized electric golf cart waiting near the helipad.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Hitherto he had found, in her presence and her talk, the aesthetic amusement which a reflective man is apt to seek in desultory intercourse with pretty women.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It was during this reflective time that I noticed how heavy my own voice had become.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She was doubtfully pondering how to treat this too reflective child.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "They turned me out of my bunk in the middle watch to look at her sinking," he pursued in a reflective tone.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • It was long and straight and cool and wet and reflective in the night.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • At that time she had dug deep into her heart, searching for the strength that would allow her to survive the misfortune, and she had discovered a reflective and just rage with which she had sworn to restore the fortune squandered by her lover and then wiped out by the deluge.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • CHAPTER XVIII Mr. McBryde, the District Superintendent of Police, was the most reflective and best educated of the Chandrapore officials.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • I caught her eye upon me now and again, puzzled, reflective, as though she was saying to herself ’What on earth does Maxim see in her?’ but kind at the same time, not unfriendly.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • One could see that, as far as it had gone, her life was very complete on its reflective side.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Carrie had prepared a good dinner at the flat, but after his ride up, Hurstwood was in a solemn and reflective mood.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Never any relaxing, never any leaving himself to the great hunger and impersonality of passion; he must be brought back to a deliberate, reflective creature.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The difference is that an impression is stronger and livelier than your reflective memory of that impression.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Murray and I walked across campus in our European manner, a serenely reflective pace, heads lowered as we conversed.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Her eyes traced the sleek shape of the table’s legs, the sinuous curves of its corners, the gleam of its reflective, dark brown surface.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Once, my friend-’ A slow, reflective smile hovered over his face.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • It was a rumbling, almost reflective sound.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • They mounted in front of the waggon, and Abraham grew reflective.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The young woman was put in the custody of a smug obese middle-aged member of the chorus for ’instruction and reflective meditation’.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • A foil-wrapped package fell out and caught the dying embers in many reflective folds.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Leamas was not a reflective man and not a particularly philosophical one.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • "Well, I know pretty well where to," said the senator, beginning to put on his boots, with a reflective air; and, stopping when his leg was half in, he embraced his knee with both hands, and seemed to go off in deep meditation.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • But this was the limit of reflective pleasure.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • A man with a reflective turn of mind, walking through an exhibition of this sort, will not be oppressed, I take it, by his own or other people’s hilarity.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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To see samples using other meanings of reflect, click a word sense below:
as in: reflect in the mirror Define
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
as in: reflect American Values Define
represent, demonstrate, or express
as in: I want to reflect on it. Define
think carefully -- possibly aloud or in writing
as in: reflect poorly on the school Define
influence opinion
as in: reflect the light/heat/sound Define
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
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