reflection Definition

  • 1the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it
  • 2serious thought or consideration
  • 3an image seen in a mirror or shiny surface

Using reflection: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reflection" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The reflection of the sun on the water was blinding.

  • Example

    She sat in quiet reflection, contemplating her next move.

  • Example

    He caught a glimpse of his reflection in the window.

  • Example

    The building's reflection could be seen in the glass tower.

reflection Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for reflection

Idioms Using reflection

  • a poor reflection on someone/something

    something that makes someone or something look bad or incompetent


    His poor performance was a poor reflection on the company's training program.

  • in (deep) reflection

    in a state of deep thought or contemplation


    She spent the afternoon in deep reflection, trying to figure out what went wrong.

  • a situation where someone experiences the same negative treatment that they have given to others


    After years of being a bully, he finally got a reflection of his own medicine when he was picked on by someone bigger than him.

Phrases with reflection

  • an image or representation of what is actually happening in the world


    The movie is a reflection of reality, portraying the struggles of everyday life.

  • an image of oneself, often used for self-examination or introspection


    Looking at your reflection in the mirror can help you understand yourself better.

  • the phenomenon of light bouncing off a surface and returning to the eye


    The reflection of light on the water was mesmerizing.

Origins of reflection

from Latin 'reflectere', meaning 'to bend back'


Summary: reflection in Brief

The term 'reflection' [rɪˈflɛkʃən] refers to the act of throwing back light, heat, or sound without absorbing it, as well as serious thought or consideration. It also denotes an image seen in a mirror or shiny surface. Examples include 'The reflection of the sun on the water was blinding.' and 'She sat in quiet reflection, contemplating her next move.' Idioms like 'a poor reflection on someone/something' and 'reflection of one's own medicine' add figurative meanings to the term.

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