verb (used with object)
to cast back (light, heat, sound, etc.) from a surface:
The mirror reflected the light onto the wall.
to give back or show an image of; mirror.
(of an act or its result) to serve to cast or bring (credit, discredit, etc.) on its performer.
to reproduce; show:
followers reflecting the views of the leader.
to throw or cast back; cause to return or rebound:
Her bitterness reflects gloom on all her family.
verb (used without object)
to be turned or cast back, as light.
to cast back light, heat, etc.
to be reflected or mirrored.
to give back or show an image.
to think, ponder, or meditate:
to reflect on one’s virtues and faults.
to serve or tend to bring reproach or discredit by association:
His crimes reflected on the whole community.
to serve to give a particular aspect or impression:
The test reflects well on your abilities.
to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which light, other electromagnetic radiation, sound, particles, etc, are thrown back after impinging on a surface
(of a mirror, etc) to form an image of (something) by reflection
(transitive) to show or express: his tactics reflect his desire for power
(transitive) to bring as a consequence: the success of the project reflected great credit on all the staff
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to cause to be regarded in a specified way: her behaviour reflects well on her
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to cast dishonour, discredit, etc (on): his conduct reflects on his parents
(intransitive) usually foll by on. to think, meditate, or ponder
reflect re·flect (rĭ-flěkt’)
v. re·flect·ed, re·flect·ing, re·flects
To bend back.
To throw or bend back light, heat, or sound from a surface.
To think seriously.
To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus.
noun 1. See under telescope (def 1). noun 1. an optical instrument for making distant objects appear larger and therefore nearer. One of the two principal forms (refracting telescope) consists essentially of an objective lens set into one end of a tube and an adjustable eyepiece or combination of lenses set into the other end […]
noun 1. the act of reflecting, as in casting back a light or heat, mirroring, or giving back or showing an image; the state of being reflected in this way. 2. an image; representation; counterpart. 3. a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration. 4. a thought occurring in consideration or meditation. 5. an […]
- Reflection coefficient
reflection coefficient n. Symbol ς A measure of the relative permeability of a particular membrane to a particular solute.
- Reflection density
noun 1. (physics) a measure of the extent to which a surface reflects light or other electromagnetic radiation, equal to the logarithm to base ten of the reciprocal of the reflectance D Former name optical density