Meaning of REFLECTION in English

REFLECTION

noun

1 image in a mirror, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ clear

▪ dim , faint

▪ blurred , distorted

VERB + REFLECTION

▪ catch , catch a glimpse of , catch sight of , glimpse , see

I caught his ~ in the window.

He caught sight of her ~ in the window.

▪ glance at , look at

▪ gaze at , stare at , watch

▪ admire , examine , inspect , study

She caught him admiring his ~ in the mirror.

▪ show

The mirror showed her ~.

REFLECTION + VERB

▪ look … 

Her ~ in the mirror looked distorted.

▪ appear

Kyle's ~ appears in the glass.

▪ stare (back)

My ~ stared back at me.

PREPOSITION

▪ in a/the ~

In the ~ on the glass door he could see the class behind him.

▪ ~ in

I saw my ~ in the polished marble.

▪ ~ on

the ~ of the mountains on the calm waters of the lake

2 sending light/heat/sound back from a surface

ADJECTIVE

▪ heat , light , sound

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ from

There is ~ of heat from the metal surface.

PHRASES

▪ the angle of ~

3 indication/description of sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ accurate , fair , good , perfect , true

▪ inadequate

▪ mere , pale

This account is only a pale ~ of the true state of affairs.

▪ poor , sad

The movie is a poor ~ of Kerouac's work.

▪ direct , simple

Young people's conduct is a direct ~ of adults'.

▪ clear

This was a clear ~ of Marc's personality.

VERB + REFLECTION

▪ give (sb) , provide

Such studies do not give a true ~ of population needs.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of , ~ on , ~ upon

His low level of performance is no ~ on his general ability.

4 careful thought about sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ careful , deep , mature , profound , serious , sober

▪ further

▪ quiet

▪ personal

▪ thoughtful

Such decisions may be made after thoughtful ~.

▪ critical , ethical , moral , philosophical , spiritual , theological , theoretical

VERB + REFLECTION

▪ encourage , invite , prompt , stimulate

Teachers should encourage ~ on the part of their students.

REFLECTION + VERB

▪ show sb/sth

A moment's ~ will show you that that can't be true.

PREPOSITION

▪ after ~ , on ~ , upon ~

On further ~, I'm not so sure it's a good idea.

▪ ~ about , ~ on , ~ upon

The party needs a period of sober ~ about what went wrong.

PHRASES

▪ a moment of ~ , a moment's ~

▪ a period of ~

▪ a period for ~ , time for ~

5 written or spoken thoughts about sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ interesting

▪ poignant

▪ brief

VERB + REFLECTION

▪ have

▪ offer

They took a few minutes to offer their personal ~s.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ about , ~ on , ~ upon

She has some interesting ~s about the spiritual state of the country.

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .