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as in: my reflection in the mirror Define
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
  • I was looking at my reflection in her sunglasses.
  • He looked at his reflection in the pond.

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  • This mirror gives a flattering reflection that makes you look a little thinner.
  • On every kind of pretext she would run away from work and go to the drinking pool, where she would stand foolishly gazing at her own reflection in the water.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He looked in the pool for his reflection, but his breathing troubled the mirror.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • If she was really there, he’d touch her, their reflections were so close together, but he felt only air — she and the others existed only in the mirror.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • I avoid looking at him directly, but I catch a glimpse of his reflection in one of the shiny control consoles along the wall.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Reflections of blue and gray swirled on the water as a fresh breeze ruffled the spruce boughs and sent ripples along the shoreline.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Sorry, I’ve just never been allowed to stare at my reflection for this long.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He peered at his reflection and disliked it.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • I sneak a look at my reflection when she isn’t paying attention—not for the sake of vanity, but out of curiosity.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • It is too late to look away, but instead of scolding me, she smiles at our reflection.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • In my reflection, I see a narrow face, wide, round eyes, and a long, thin nose—I still look like a little girl, though sometime in the last few months I turned sixteen.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I can see my reflection from all angles: the gray fabric obscuring the shape of my back, my long neck, my knobby-knuckled hands, red with a blood blush.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • If I tilt it right, I can almost see my reflection over the hands.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I can look at my reflection whenever I want.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I open my eyes and for the first time stare openly at my own reflection.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I look at my reflection in the small mirror on the back wall and see a stranger.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Sure enough, his reflection looked back at him, just his head suspended in midair, his body completely invisible.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • He pulled the cloak over his head and his reflection vanished completely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Uriah stares at his reflection in the elevator doors and pats his hair down.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I see something in front of me—my own faint reflection.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • A flicker of movement in the reflection made Cole glance up, but then he realized the movement was a fish hovering near his knees.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The reflections did not fade and he looked and looked until a distant noise brought him back to his senses.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • His panic fading now that there was no sound of Filch and Snape, Harry moved nearer to the mirror, wanting to look at himself but see no reflection again.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • A woman standing right behind his reflection was smiling at him and waving.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry was so close to the mirror now that his nose was nearly touching that of his reflection.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • He saw his reflection, pale and scared-looking at first.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • But a moment later, the reflection smiled at him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Gale comes up behind me and we examine each other’s reflection.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I see my reflection everywhere, warped by the curve of the walls, broken by patches of rust and grime.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • In his reflection, his head is small and pressed in on one side, and his arm looks like it is bending backward.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • My reflection, however, looks small and squat.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • That, I think, is our true reflection; it is as small as we actually are.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I see the walls of a tank around me, and my shadowed reflection across from me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I look at the reflection in the mirror: my wide eyes, the bed with the gray sheets pulled taut, the dresser that holds my clothes, the bookcase, the bare walls.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
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as in: lit by the reflection Define
light seen after it bounces off a surface to another; or the process of bouncing light, sound, or other energy off of a surface
  • I watched the reflection of the sunlight in the underside of the pool umbrella.
  • Sunlight reflections played upon the palm leaves above the lagoon.

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  • Bats hear the reflection of sound waves off of objects.
  • Radar works by recognizing the reflection of radar waves off of objects.
  • Then he sat carefully on a fallen trunk near the little cliff that fronted the lagoon; and the tangled reflections quivered over him.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Once he caught sight of a flash of gold, but it was just a reflection from one of the Weasleys’ wristwatches,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • A scrap of roofing tin propped up near the fire acted as a stove and baked the biscuits with its hot reflection.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • The palms that still stood made a green roof, covered on the underside with a quivering tangle of reflections from the lagoon.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Normally the underside of the green roof was lit by a tangle of golden reflections, and their faces were lit upside down—like, thought Ralph, when you hold an electric torch in your hands.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
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as in: is a reflection of American values Define
representation, demonstration, or expression
  • The diversity of our police force is a reflection of our community.
  • The failure is a reflection of a broken system.

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  • The restaurant’s popularity is a reflection of the growing interest in healthy eating.
  • This incident is an isolated failure and not a reflection of our ideals or the behavior of out thousands of employees.
  • The author uses gloom weather as a reflection of a depressing situation.
  • I search his eyes for any sign of hurt, any reflection of the agony of torture.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
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as in: After reflection, I think... Define
careful thought -- sometimes concerning memories
  • Upon reflection, I should have been more patient with her.
  • I need more time for reflection.

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  • Accordingly I hid myself in some thick underwood, determining to devote the ensuing hours to reflection on my situation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • My mother and sister are home for 18:00—Reflection, a half hour of downtime before dinner.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The tale was quickly told, but it awakened various trains of reflection.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Idleness had ever been irksome to me, and now that I wished to fly from reflection, and hated my former studies, I felt great relief in being the fellow-pupil with my friend, and found not only instruction but consolation in the works of the orientalists.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The interval was, consequently, spent in inaction; his grief only became more deep and rankling when he had leisure for reflection, and at length it took so fast hold of his mind that at the end of three months he lay on a bed of sickness, incapable of any exertion.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then again the kindly influence ceased to act—I found myself fettered again to grief and indulging in all the misery of reflection.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • After a long pause of reflection I concluded that the justice due both to him and my fellow creatures demanded of me that I should comply with his request.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • At first his countenance was illuminated with pleasure, but as he continued, thoughtfulness and sadness succeeded; at length, laying aside the instrument, he sat absorbed in reflection.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • At this time a slight sleep relieved me from the pain of reflection, which was disturbed by the approach of a beautiful child, who came running into the recess I had chosen, with all the sportiveness of infancy.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • As I sat, a train of reflection occurred to me which led me to consider the effects of what I was now doing.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Thus Elizabeth endeavoured to divert her thoughts and mine from all reflection upon melancholy subjects.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • As the night advanced, a fierce wind arose from the woods and quickly dispersed the clouds that had loitered in the heavens; the blast tore along like a mighty avalanche and produced a kind of insanity in my spirits that burst all bounds of reason and reflection.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This interfered with the solitude I coveted for the prosecution of my task; yet at the commencement of my journey the presence of my friend could in no way be an impediment, and truly I rejoiced that thus I should be saved many hours of lonely, maddening reflection.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I spoke; I told them to retire and consider of what had been said, that I would not lead them farther north if they strenuously desired the contrary, but that I hoped that, with reflection, their courage would return.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
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as in: share my reflections about it Define
thoughts or memories
  • In this passage, the author shares some of her reflections on life as a waitress.
  • I lead a hectic life, but when I retire I want to slow down, reflect, and possibly write a book with some of my reflections.

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  • Pursuing these reflections, I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • These are the reflections of the first days; but when the lapse of time proves the reality of the evil, then the actual bitterness of grief commences.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I threw myself into the chaise that was to convey me away and indulged in the most melancholy reflections.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Such were my reflections as I commenced my journey; but as I proceeded, my spirits and hopes rose.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I had sufficient leisure for these and many other reflections during my journey to Ingolstadt, which was long and fatiguing.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • These reflections determined me, and I resolved to remain silent.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I feel exquisite pleasure in dwelling on the recollections of childhood, before misfortune had tainted my mind and changed its bright visions of extensive usefulness into gloomy and narrow reflections upon self.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Such were my reflections during the first two or three days of my residence at Ingolstadt, which were chiefly spent in becoming acquainted with the localities and the principal residents in my new abode.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • These reflections have dispelled the agitation with which I began my letter, and I feel my heart glow with an enthusiasm which elevates me to heaven, for nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Sometimes, with my sails set, I was carried by the wind; and sometimes, after rowing into the middle of the lake, I left the boat to pursue its own course and gave way to my own miserable reflections.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I learned from Werter’s imaginations despondency and gloom, but Plutarch taught me high thoughts; he elevated me above the wretched sphere of my own reflections, to admire and love the heroes of past ages.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • These were my first reflections, but I soon learned that Mr. Kirwin had shown me extreme kindness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • More than once the agitation into which these reflections threw me made my friends dread a dangerous relapse.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And you, my friend, would be far more amused with the journal of Clerval, who observed the scenery with an eye of feeling and delight, than in listening to my reflections.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • These were the reflections of my hours of despondency and solitude; but when I contemplated the virtues of the cottagers, their amiable and benevolent dispositions, I persuaded myself that when they should become acquainted with my admiration of their virtues they would compassionate me and overlook my personal deformity.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
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  • Yet my reflections were not the most comfortable.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’Here we have the whole establishment of domestics, I suppose,’ was the reflection suggested by this compound order.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • The red sun set and left a shining twilight on the land, so that faces were bright in the evening and eyes shone in reflection of the sky.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • For you are a young lady of deep reflection, I know, and read great books and make extracts.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • So in the future, the sister of the past, I may see myself as I sit here now but by reflection from that which then I shall be.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • No, Cassius, for the eye sees not itself But by reflection, by some other thing.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Was his endurance aided also by the reflection that Mr. Brooke was the uncle of Dorothea?
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Pierre often indulged in reflections of this sort, nullifying all his decisions and intentions.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Her eyes, always sad, now looked with particular hopelessness at her reflection in the glass.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Anna Arkadyevna read and understood, but it was distasteful to her to read, that is, to follow the reflection of other people’s lives.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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  • I felt sure that I had been the subject of her reflections, and was more than ever anxious to know her intentions towards me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She blushed at herself, and seeing her reflection blush, blushed the more.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She cried bitterly over this reflection when her uncle was gone; and her cousins, on seeing her with red eyes, set her down as a hypocrite.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • I never saw him afterwards, but I sometimes imagine that I descry a faint reflection of him in John Browdie.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But not one of these grave reflections troubled the tranquillity of Catherine.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • With these, and other muttered reflections of the like nature, the Jew once more deposited the watch in its place of safety.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Mrs. Mann raised her hands in astonishment; but added, after a moment’s reflection, ’How comes he to have any name at all, then?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The awe which these reflections inspired was attested by the impressive silence and the ranks of staring eyes.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or spring-time, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Neither could I see the nearer fire, though the reflections of it danced on the wall and ceiling of the study.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • There was a certain triteness in these reflections: they were those habitual to young men on the approach of their wedding day.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "Well now, you must mean the Avenue," said Matthew after a few moments’ profound reflection.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She sounded so frightened that his anger at her reflections on Leora turned into misery.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The glow was red and still, like the reflection of a fire: not an active fire, but a dying one which it is too late to stop.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Keating looked at him, as if his eyes still held the reflection of that one sentence—and nothing else mattered.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The philosophic reflections he had just heard so unexpectedly testified to the warmth of Father Paissy’s heart.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But on reflection, you know, I’d better speak quietly, for here—here—you can never tell what ears are listening.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Wearing a menacing and preoccupied scowl, General Dreedle moved to the full-length mirror in his office and stared at his stocky reflection.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It was full of the reflection of the green, leafy branches; they made it look very deep.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • In the reflection of the shiny elevator door, he saw the captain’s tie clip—a silver crucifix with thirteen embedded pieces of black onyx.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • As Langdon sat on his brass Maharishi’s chest and savored the warmth of the chocolate, the bay window caught his reflection.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She trembled so hard the knife blade sent glittering shards of reflection shooting around the room.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He had not done any strenuous walking for a long time, and the reflection looked rather flabby, he thought.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Then she dismissed Captain Butler from her mind as she happily viewed her reflection, remembering how Ashley had always liked her dimples.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He examined the lightning-bolt scar of his reflection more closely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Tonks paused at his open wardrobe to look critically at her reflection in the mirror on the inside of the door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He froze, nose to nose with his own scared-looking reflection in the dark glass.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He could see the reflections of the trees at the other end of the lake.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • Toshio, the boy, shouted to the others to look at the reflection in the river.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • That was when I realisedthata Digger isnot a person so muchas a form of behavior; a sort of obverse reflection of the white people he lives among.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • It was impossible not to reflect—the reflection whatever it may have been was cut short.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • The palace tower had lost the reflection of the declining day, and joined itself to earth.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its [9] reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • But even that pleasant emotion was chilled by the reflection that he might be torn from me at any moment, by some sudden freak of my master.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • For a moment I stood before a shop window staring at my own reflection in the glass, trying to recover from the ride against the woman.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The reflection seemed to conjure into sadness his irritated feelings.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • It may be the reflection of nothing more than a minor change in the environment.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I suppose he saw some reflection of my feelings in my face, because his expression changed just a little.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The air was so soft and the sea so calm and clear that Florentino Ariza felt as if he were his own reflection in the water.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Once more I glanced at my reflection, dismissing the thought of running a brush through my brown hair.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
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