noun Etymology: Middle English, alteration of reflexion, from Late Latin reflexion-, reflexio act of bending back, from Latin reflectere Date: 14th century 1. an instance of reflecting; especially the return of light or sound waves from a surface 2. the production of an image by or as if by a mirror 3. a. the action of bending or folding back b. a reflected part ; fold 4. something produced by reflecting: as a. an image given back by a reflecting surface b. an effect produced by an influence <
the high crime rate is a reflection of our violent society
5. an often obscure or indirect criticism ; reproach <
a reflection on his character
6. a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation 7. consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose 8. obsolete turning back ; return 9. a. a transformation of a figure in which each point is replaced by a point symmetric with respect to a line or plane b. a transformation that involves reflection in more than one axis of a rectangular coordinate system • reflectional adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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