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reflection

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5 meanings
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1  —as in:
my reflection in the mirror
Definition an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
  • I was looking at my reflection in her sunglasses.
reflection = image
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He looked at his reflection in the pond.
  • reflection = image
  • This mirror gives a flattering reflection that makes you look a little thinner.
  • reflection = image
  • 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
  • reflection = an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
  • Sorry, I've just never been allowed to stare at my reflection for this long.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • reflection = image
  • 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
  • reflection = an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
  • He stops me before I can look at my reflection.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • reflection = image (as shined back by a smooth surface)
  • There was just enough moon in the sky to light up her curly blond hair and cast a reflection in her glasses.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • reflection = image
  • Crow stiffened as she stared at her distorted reflection in the shining silver.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • reflection = image (as shined back by a smooth surface)
  • I watched the Baron's eyes linger here and there on my reflection in the mirror.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
reflection = image

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2  —as in:
lit by the reflection
Definition 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.
reflection = light seen after it bounces off a surface to another
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Sunlight reflections played upon the palm leaves above the lagoon.
  • reflections = light seen after it bounces off a surface to another
  • Bats hear the reflection of sound waves off of objects.
  • reflection = the process of bouncing light, sound, or other energy off of a surface
  • Radar works by recognizing the reflection of radar waves off of objects.
  • reflection = the process of bouncing light, sound, or other energy off of a surface
  • 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
  • reflections = light that bounced off a surface
  • 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
  • reflection = energy bounced off of a surface
  • We were on Tenth when a siren came on behind us and I saw the reflection of the red light flashing in the windshield.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • reflection = light seen bouncing off a surface
  • The ceiling swam with bright reflections, and sunlight streamed across the dusty, chip-strewn floor.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • reflections = light that bounced off a surface
  • Even Finny seemed to color a little, unless it was the reflection from his pink shirt.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • reflection = colored light bouncing off a surface and shining onto another
  • The maid didn't answer, but opened the wrapping around the kimono as quietly as she could, and tipped it this way and that to catch the reflection of the light.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
reflection = light seen as it bounces off a surface

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3  —as in:
is a reflection of American values
Definition something that indirectly shows something else — such as an indication, demonstration, expression, or representation of something
The exact meaning of this sense of reflection depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The students' behavior is a reflection on the school." — indication of quality
  • "She says the immorality in the movie is a reflection of American values." — expression or representation
  • "It was a reflection of the selfishness she had seen growing for years." — demonstration
  • "The surrounding panic found no reflection in her." — expression or demonstration
  • "I saw no reflection of jealousy in her action." — indication or sign
  • The diversity of our police force is a reflection of our community.
reflection = representation
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The failure is a reflection of a broken system.
  • reflection = representation or demonstration
  • The restaurant's popularity is a reflection of the growing interest in healthy eating.
  • reflection = representation or demonstration
  • This incident is an isolated failure and not a reflection of our ideals or the behavior of out thousands of employees.
  • reflection = representation, demonstration, or expression
  • The author uses gloom weather as a reflection of a depressing situation.
  • reflection = expression
  • I search his eyes for any sign of hurt, any reflection of the agony of torture.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • reflection = expression or demonstration
  • DANFORTH—it is the reflection on himself he resents: I am sure of it, Marshal.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • reflection = indication or demonstration (of character or competence)
  • What deceived me was my own happiness; for peace is indivisible, and the surrounding world confusion found no reflection inside me.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • reflection = expression or demonstration
  • I regard you highly, Mameha-san, but it's a poor reflection on you to recommend her to me.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • reflection = indication or demonstration (of character)
  • It appalled her, nevertheless, to discern here, again, a shadowy reflection of the evil that had existed in herself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
reflection = representation or expression

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4  —as in:
After reflection, I think...
Definition careful thought — sometimes concerning memories
  • Upon reflection, I should have been more patient with her.
reflection = careful thought
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I need more time for reflection.
  • reflection = careful thought
  • Accordingly I hid myself in some thick underwood, determining to devote the ensuing hours to reflection on my situation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • reflection = thought
  • Henry Crawford had too much sense not to feel the worth of good principles in a wife, though he was too little accustomed to serious reflection to know them by their proper name;
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reflection = thought
  • Now, however, her interview with the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, on the night of his vigil, had given her a new theme of reflection, and held up to her an object that appeared worthy of any exertion and sacrifice for its attainment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • reflection = careful thought
  • He too, at first, seemed disposed to refuse; but, after some reflection, he granted me the privilege, and proposed the following terms: I was to be allowed all my time, make all contracts with those for whom I worked, and find my own employment; and, in return for this liberty, I was to pay him three dollars at the end of each week; find myself in calking tools, and in board and clothing.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • reflection = thought
  • My mother and sister are home for 18:00—Reflection, a half hour of downtime before dinner.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • reflection = (in this book) a time for careful thought
  • After a little reflection, he went on with a sort of desperate calmness.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reflection = thought
  • After a moment's reflection, Mr. Crawford replied, "I know Mansfield, I know its way, I know its faults towards you."
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reflection = thought
  • Thus Elizabeth endeavoured to divert her thoughts and mine from all reflection upon melancholy subjects.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
reflection = thought

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5  —as in:
share my reflections about it
Definition thoughts or memories
  • In this passage, the author shares some of her reflections on life as a waitress.
reflections = thoughts and memories
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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.
  • reflections = thoughts and memories
  • My reflections were so consuming, I didn't even realize that I'd been mulling them over until well past two in the morning.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • reflections = thoughts
  • While occupied with these reflections, a knock came at the door of the study, and the minister said, "Come in!"
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • reflections = thoughts
  • Ideas were too similar to reflection, and my reflections were always of the expression on my father's stretched face the moment before he'd fled from me.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • reflections = thinking about the past
  • If the gentleman would but persevere, if he had but love enough to persevere, Sir Thomas began to have hopes; and these reflections having passed across his mind and cheered it,
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • reflections = thoughts
  • 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
  • reflections = thoughts
  • More than once the agitation into which these reflections threw me made my friends dread a dangerous relapse.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • reflections = thoughts
  • These were my first reflections, but I soon learned that Mr. Kirwin had shown me extreme kindness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • reflections = thoughts
  • Ideas were too similar to reflection, and my reflections were always of the expression on my father's stretched face the moment before he'd fled from me.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
reflection = thoughts and memories of the past
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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