Meaning of REFLEX in English


— reflexly , adv. — reflexness , n.

adj. , n. /ree"fleks/ ; v. /ri fleks"/ , adj.

1. Physiol. noting or pertaining to an involuntary response to a stimulus, the nerve impulse from a receptor being transmitted inward to a nerve center that in turn transmits it outward to an effector.

2. occurring in reaction; responsive.

3. cast back; reflected, as light, color, etc.

4. bent or turned back.

5. designating a radio apparatus in which the same circuit or part performs two functions.


6. Physiol.

a. Also called reflex act . movement caused by a reflex response.

b. Also called reflex action . the entire physiological process activating such movement.

7. any automatic, unthinking, often habitual behavior or response.

8. the reflection or image of an object, as exhibited by a mirror or the like.

9. a reproduction, as if in a mirror.

10. a copy; adaptation.

11. reflected light, color, etc.

12. Historical Ling. an element in a language, as a sound, that has developed from a corresponding element in an earlier form of the language: The ( o ) in "stone" is a reflex of Old English a.

13. a reflex radio receiver.

14. a reflex camera.


15. to subject to a reflex process.

16. to bend, turn, or fold back.

17. to arrange in a reflex system.

[ 1500-10; reflexus bent back, ptp. of reflectere to REFLECT ]

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