• WordNet 3.6
    • adj reflex without volition or conscious control "the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light","a reflex knee jerk","sneezing is reflexive"
    • n reflex an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reflex (Physiol) An involuntary movement produced by reflex action.
    • Reflex Directed back; attended by reflection; retroactive; introspective. "The reflex act of the soul, or the turning of the intellectual eye inward upon its own actions."
    • Reflex (Physiol) Of, pertaining to, or produced by, stimulus or excitation without the necessary intervention of consciousness.
    • Reflex Produced in reaction, in resistance, or in return.
    • Reflex Reflection; the light reflected from an illuminated surface to one in shade. "Yon gray is not the morning's eye,
      'Tis but the pale reflex of Cynthia's brow."
      "On the depths of death there swims
      The reflex of a human face."
    • Reflex To bend back; to turn back.
    • Reflex To reflect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reflex To bend back; turn back.
    • reflex To reflect; cast or throw, as light; let shine.
    • reflex Thrown or turned backward; having a backward direction; reflective; reactive.
    • reflex In painting, illuminated by light reflected from another part of the same picture. See reflected light, under reflected.
    • reflex In oiol., bent back; reflexed.
    • reflex A sensation supposed to be produced by the irritation of an efferent or motor nerve: but the existence of the phenomenon is denied.
    • n reflex Reflection; an image produced by reflection.
    • n reflex A mere copy; an adapted form: as, a Middle Latin reflex of an Old French word.
    • n reflex Light reflected from an illuminated surface to one in shade; hence, in painting, the illumination of one body or a part of it by light reflected from another body represented in the same piece. See reflected light, under reflected.
    • n reflex Same as reflex action (which see, under reflex, a.).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Reflex rē′fleks bent or turned back: reflected: reciprocal: acting and reacting, as reflex influence: :
    • n Reflex reflection: light reflected from an illuminated surface: a copy
    • v.t Reflex to bend back
    • adj Reflex rē′fleks (physiol.) said of certain movements which take place independent of the will, being sent back from a nerve-centre in answer to a stimulus from the surface
    • adj Reflex rē′fleks (paint.) illuminated by light reflected from another part of the same picture
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  • Mangnu Hirschfield
    Mangnu Hirschfield
    “Love is a conflict between reflexes and reflections.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. reflexus, p. p. of reflectere,: cf. F. réflexe,. See Reflect


In literature:

The simplest example of the action of the nervous system is reflex action.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
This was his only conscious thought, the rest was reflex.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Contractions of the voluntary muscles occur either as reflex or as voluntary actions.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Expression is not merely a reflex action.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
Reflex action of the brain and secondary automatism!
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Certitude is a reflex action; it is to know that one knows.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
The child is born with a flexible set of reflexes.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
It is the reflex action of the great principle we have successfully, thus far, practised.
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
No matter how much one is given to the worry habit, he experiences reflex moments when he does not worry.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
The compound personal pronouns should generally be confined to their emphatic and reflexive use.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood

In poetry:

Only the Lord can understand
When those first pangs begin,
How much is reflex action and
How much is really sin.
"The Comforters" by Rudyard Kipling
O fleeting synthesis
Of all that was, and is,
Reflex of earth and star,
Yourself, yourself, you are
The inmost mystery
Of land and sky and sea.
"Idealism" by E J Rupert Atkinson
White bells,
Blue bells,
Hollow and reflexed.
Deep tunnels of blue and white dimness,
Cool wine-tunnels for bees.
There is a floundering and buzzing over Minna's head.
"A Roxbury Garden" by Amy Lowell
For all the heavenly glory of his face
That caught the white Transfiguration's shine
And cast on us the reflex of thy grace—
Of all thy men late left, the most divine;
"A Thanksgiving For F. D. Maurice" by George MacDonald
Some mirror out of range
Flashes reflex of Heaven on this sweet earth,
Brooding for ever, beautiful, without change,
The blue-bell sea, the thousand streams' soft mirth.
"The Image" by Katharine Tynan
Or am I dreaming? Do I see and hear
Without me what I feel within?
Is there an inner eye and an inner ear
Thro' which the sounds and silences float in
In reflex of the spirit's calm or troublous din?
"Sea Reverie" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Toine van den Heuvel's Reflex modular sofa with metal frame by Artifort, through M2L, 212-832-8222.
Ritmo Mundo Reflex LED Watch.
Cumberland Regional High School student organizes Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy benefit.
Courtney Etherton, a CRHS student, recently organized a benefit concert to raise awareness of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
1 Helen Dimaras and colleagues did not mention the red reflex test.
M-real said that it has agreed to sell the Reflex mill's Premium Paper business to Walzmuhle AG, which is owned by Hahnemuhle FineArt GmbH, the Hahnemuhle management and private shareholders of Hahnemuhle.
Reflex Systems Announces Expansion in Federal Government Space.
Many Pakistanis Have ' Reflex of Skepticism' over US Efforts.
About MX vs ATV Reflex .
Ian McEwan's new spy novel is actually a self-reflexive love story.
Courtney Etherton, a CRHS student, recently organized a benefit concert to raise awareness of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy .
It was headed for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, a shot certain to test his reflexes.
Or did his substance abuse have nothing to do with his feat, once his deepest reflexes and talent kicked in.
A pilot should have good vision and fast reflexes, that much is a given.
Reflexive Bipartisanship Is Just as Problematic as Obstruction.

In science:

A quasi-order on a set X is a reflexive and transitive relation. Lemma 5.3.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
REFLEX catalog (B¨ohringer et al. 2004), primarily a subset that are also Abell clusters (Abell et al. 1989).
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
As less than 1/3 of the REFLEX and NORAS clusters (B ¨ohringer et al. 2000; B ¨ohringer et al. 2004) have Chandra data, we are forced to include as many systems from the archive as we can.
Every BCG with a strong radio AGN has an X-ray cool core: is the cool core - noncool core dichotomy too simple?
Recent results from the REFLEX include a measure of the power spectrum within a cubic volume of 400h−1 Mpc side and an estimate of the two-point correlation function 52 .
Cluster Surveys
Kerscher et al. (2001) has already found statistical evidence for non-gaussianity based on the REFLEX sample of X–ray clusters, although Verde et al. (2001) highlight that the CMB and high redshift galaxies maybe a better way to studying this issue.
Large-Scale Structure Studies with Clusters of Galaxies