Meaning of MIRROR in English


— mirrorlike , adj.

/mir"euhr/ , n.

1. a reflecting surface, originally of polished metal but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing.

2. such a surface set into a frame, attached to a handle, etc., for use in viewing oneself or as an ornament.

3. any reflecting surface, as the surface of calm water under certain lighting conditions.

4. Optics. a surface that is either plane, concave, or convex and that reflects rays of light.

5. something that gives a minutely faithful representation, image, or idea of something else: Gershwin's music was a mirror of its time.

6. a pattern for imitation; exemplar: a man who was the mirror of fashion.

7. a glass, crystal, or the like, used by magicians, diviners, etc.

8. with mirrors , by or as if by magic.


9. to reflect in or as if in a mirror.

10. to reflect as a mirror does.

11. to mimic or imitate (something) accurately.

12. to be or give a faithful representation, image, or idea of: Her views on politics mirror mine completely.


13. Music. (of a canon or fugue) capable of being played in retrograde or in inversion, as though read in a mirror placed beside or below the music.

[ 1175-1225; ME mirour mireo ( u ) r, equiv. to mir- (see MIRAGE) + -eo ( u ) r -ator -ATOR ]

Syn. 6. model, epitome, paradigm.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .