Reflection - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈflekʃn|  American pronunciation of the word reflection
Brit.  |rɪˈflɛkʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word reflection


- a calm, lengthy, intent consideration (syn: contemplation, musing, reflexion, rumination, thoughtfulness)
- the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface (syn: reflexion)
- expression without words(syn: expression, manifestation, reflexion)
- a likeness in which left and right are reversed (syn: reflexion)
- the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)(syn: reflexion)
- (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed
- a remark expressing careful consideration (syn: observation, reflexion)
- the ability to reflect beams or rays (syn: reflectivity, reflexion)


She was looking at her reflection in the mirror.

He saw the reflections of the clouds on the lake.

Reflexion of sound is familiarly illustrated by the echo.

She stared at her reflection in the mirror.

He uttered not a word of reflection on his companion.

This is no reflection on your qualifications.

The fact that you are unemployed is no reflection on you.

Can you see your reflection in the glass?

A moment's reflection will show the stupidity of this argument.

At first I disagreed, but on reflection (=after thinking carefully about it), I realized she was right.

His speech was an accurate reflection of the public mood.

On some level, a student's grades are a reflection on the teacher.

the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition

he studied his reflection in the mirror

The poem is a reflection on the passage of time.

Word forms

singular: reflection
plural: reflections
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