Meaning of REFLECTION in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ri-ˈflek-shən ]


Etymology: Middle English, alteration of reflexion, from Late Latin reflexion-, reflexio act of bending back, from Latin reflectere

Date: 14th century

1. : an instance of reflecting ; especially : the return of light or sound waves from a surface

2. : the production of an image by or as if by a mirror


a. : the action of bending or folding back

b. : a reflected part : fold

4. : something produced by reflecting: as

a. : an image given back by a reflecting surface

b. : an effect produced by an influence

the high crime rate is a reflection of our violent society

5. : an often obscure or indirect criticism : reproach

a reflection on his character

6. : a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation

7. : consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose

8. obsolete : turning back : return


a. : a transformation of a figure in which each point is replaced by a point symmetric with respect to a line or plane

b. : a transformation that involves reflection in more than one axis of a rectangular coordinate system

• re·flec·tion·al -shnəl, -shə-n ə l adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.