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1 a calm lengthy intent consideration [syn: contemplation, reflexion, rumination, musing, thoughtfulness]
2 the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface [syn: reflexion]
3 expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition" [syn: expression, manifestation, reflexion]
4 the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material); "he studied his reflection in the mirror" [syn: reflexion]
5 a likeness in which left and right are reversed [syn: mirror image, reflexion]
6 (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed
7 a remark expressing careful consideration [syn: observation, reflexion]
8 the ability to reflect beams or rays [syn: reflexion, reflectivity]

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Alternative spellings


From the English reflexion, from the Late Latin reflexionem, from reflexio; the variant spelling reflection is due to influence from correction.



  1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected
  2. the property of a propagated wave being thrown back from a surface (such as a mirror)
  3. something, such as an image, that is reflected
    The dog barked at his own reflection in the mirror.
  4. careful thought or consideration
    After careful reflection, I have decided not to vote for that proposition.
  5. an implied criticism
    It is a reflection on his character that he never wavered in his resolve.


the act of reflecting; the state of being reflected
property of a propagated wave
something that is reflected
careful thought or consideration
an implied criticism
  • Arabic: انعكاس (en ekas)
  • French: reflet (meanings 1, 2 and 3), réflexion (meaning 4)
  • German: Abbild
  • Greek: αντανάκλαση (1,2,3), είδωλο (3), σκέψη (4)
  • Polish: odbicie
  • Telugu: పరావర్తనము (paraavartanamu)
  • Russian:[Русский] отражение

Extensive Definition

Reflection or reflexion may refer to:

See also

reflection in Czech: Reflexe
reflection in Danish: Refleksion
reflection in German: Reflexion
reflection in Spanish: Reflexión
reflection in French: Réflexion
reflection in Galician: Reflexión
reflection in Dutch: Reflectie
reflection in Romanian: Reflexie
reflection in Russian: Отражение
reflection in Slovak: Reflexia
reflection in Vietnamese: Reflection
reflection in Chinese: 反射 (消歧义)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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