Meaning of REFLEX in English


■ noun

1》 an action performed without conscious thought as a response to a stimulus.

↘(in ~ology) a response in a part of the body to stimulation of a corresponding point on the feet, hands, or head.

2》 a thing that reproduces the essential features or qualities of something else.

↘a word formed by development from an earlier stage of a language.

3》 archaic a reflected source of light.

■ adjective

1》 (of an action) performed as a ~.

2》 (of an angle) exceeding 180°.

3》 archaic (of light) reflected.

4》 archaic bent or turned backwards.


~ly adverb


C16: from L. ~us 'a bending back', from reflectere (see reflect ).

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