Reflect Re*flect" (r?*fl?kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reflected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Reflecting}.] [L. reflectere, reflexum; pref. re- re- + flectere to bend or turn. See {Flexible}, and cf. {Reflex}, v.] 1. To bend back; to give a backwa?d turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface; as, a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat. [1913 Webster]

Let me mind the reader to reflect his eye on our quotations. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

Bodies close together reflect their own color. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror. [1913 Webster]

Nature is the glass reflecting God, As by the sea reflected is the sun. --Young. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Reflect — Re*flect v. i. 1. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams. [1913 Webster] 2. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return. [1913 Webster] Whose virtues will, I hope, Reflect on Rome, as Titan s rays… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • reflect — [v1] give back cast, catch, copy, echo, emulate, flash, follow, give forth, imitate, match, mirror, rebound, repeat, repercuss, reply, reproduce, resonate, resound, return, reverberate, reverse, revert, shine, take after, throw back; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • reflect — ► VERB 1) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it. 2) (of a mirror or shiny surface) show an image of. 3) represent in a faithful or appropriate way. 4) (reflect well/badly on) bring about a good or bad impression of. 5) (reflect… …   English terms dictionary

  • reflect — [ri flekt′] vt. [ME reflecten < MFr reflecter < L reflectere < re , back + flectere, to bend] 1. to bend or throw back (light, heat, or sound) 2. to give back an image of; mirror or reproduce 3. to cast or bring back as a consequence:… …   English World dictionary

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  • reflect — (v.) early 15c., to divert, to turn aside, deflect, from O.Fr. reflecter (14c.), from L. reflectere (see REFLECTION (Cf. reflection)). Of mirrors or polished surfaces, to shine back light rays or images, 1520s; meaning to turn one s thoughts back …   Etymology dictionary

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