Meaning of REFLEX in English


adj. & n.


1. (of an action) independent of the will, as an automatic response to the stimulation of a nerve (e.g. a sneeze).

2 (of an angle) exceeding 180°.

3 bent backwards.

4 (of light) reflected.

5 (of a thought etc.) introspective; directed back upon itself or its own operations.

6 (of an effect or influence) reactive; coming back upon its author or source.


1. a reflex action.

2 a sign or secondary manifestation (law is a reflex of public opinion).

3 reflected light or a reflected image.

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

Phrases and idioms:

reflex arc Anat. the sequence of nerves involved in a reflex action. reflex camera a camera with a ground-glass focusing screen on which the image is formed by a combination of lens and mirror, enabling the scene to be correctly composed and focused.


reflexly adv.

Etymology: L reflexus (as REFLECT)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.