n. (also reflexion) 1 the act or an instance of reflecting; the process of being reflected. 2 a reflected light, heat, or colour. b a reflected image. 3 reconsideration (on reflection). 4 (often foll. by on) discredit or a thing bringing discredit. 5 (often foll. by on, upon) an idea arising in the mind; a comment or apophthegm. angle of reflection Physics the angle made by a reflected ray with a perpendicular to the reflecting surface. reflectional adj.
[ ME f. OF reflexion or LL reflexio (as REFLECT), with assim. to reflect ]