• The girl sees the Prince's reflection
    The girl sees the Prince's reflection
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reflect reflect deeply on a subject "I mulled over the events of the afternoon","philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years","The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"
    • v reflect give evidence of the quality of "The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"
    • v reflect give evidence of a certain behavior "His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"
    • v reflect to throw or bend back (from a surface) "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"
    • v reflect show an image of "her sunglasses reflected his image"
    • v reflect manifest or bring back "This action reflects his true beliefs"
    • v reflect be bright by reflecting or casting light "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The dragon catches sight of its reflection in the mirror The dragon catches sight of its reflection in the mirror
The old king sees himself reflected in the shields of the bodyguard The old king sees himself reflected in the shields of the bodyguard
A stag gazes at his reflection in a lake while hunters approach A stag gazes at his reflection in a lake while hunters approach
A woman gazes at her reflection in a mirror while her children tear apart her house A woman gazes at her reflection in a mirror while her children tear apart her house
A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background A man looks at his bald head in his reflection while his two wives busy themselves in the background

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear
    • Reflect To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return. "Whose virtues will, I hope, Reflect on Rome, as Titan's rays on earth."
    • Reflect To bend back; to give a backward turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface; as, a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat. "Let me mind the reader to reflect his eye on our quotations.""Bodies close together reflect their own color."
    • Reflect To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor. "Errors of wives reflect on husbands still.""Neither do I reflect in the least upon the memory of his late majesty."
    • Reflect To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror. "Nature is the glass reflecting God,
      As by the sea reflected is the sun."
    • Reflect To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams.
    • Reflect To throw or turn back the thoughts upon anything; to contemplate. Specifically: To attend earnestly to what passes within the mind; to attend to the facts or phenomena of consciousness; to use attention or earnest thought; to meditate; especially, to think in relation to moral truth or rules. "We can not be said to reflect upon any external object, except so far as that object has been previously perceived, and its image become part and parcel of our intellectual furniture.""All men are concious of the operations of their own minds, at all times, while they are awake, but there few who reflect upon them, or make them objects of thought.""As I much reflected , much I mourned."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The hair on a polar bearis not white, but clear. They reflect light, so they appear white.
    • reflect To bend back; turn back; cast back; throw back again.
    • reflect Hence, figuratively, to bend the will of; persuade.
    • reflect To cause to return or to throw off after striking or falling on any surface, and in accordance with certain physical laws: as, to reflect light, heat, or sound; incident and reflected rays. See reflection, 2.
    • reflect To give back an image or likeness of; mirror.
    • reflect To bend or turn back; be reflected.
    • reflect To throw back light, heat, sound, etc.; give reflections; return rays or beams; as, a reflecting mirror or gem.
    • reflect To throw or turn back the thoughts upon something; think or consider seriously; revolve matters in the mind, especially in relation to conduct; ponder or meditate.
    • reflect To bring reproach; cast censure or blame: followed by on or upon.
    • reflect To shine.
    • reflect Synonyms To consider, meditate upon, etc. (see list under contemplate), cogitate, ruminate, study.
    • n reflect A reflection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts
    • v.t Reflect rē-flekt′ to bend back: to throw back after striking upon any surface, as light, &c
    • v.i Reflect to be thrown back, as light, heat, &c.: to revolve in the mind: to consider attentively or deeply: to ponder: to cast reproach or censure (with on, upon)
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Boring people are a reflection of boring people.”
  • Madame Dorothe Deluzy
    Madame Dorothe Deluzy
    “We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Reflection makes men cowards.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!”
  • Wendell Phillips
    “The heart is the best reflective thinker.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. reflectere, reflexum,; pref. re-, re- + flectere, to bend or turn. See Flexible, and cf. Reflex (v.)


In literature:

Only a stertorous breathing reflected his effort to live and even this was fast failing.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
This was an obstacle that caused us to rein up and reflect.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He was patient and reflective.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
An-ina's voice broke in upon his reflections.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I may observe that this reflection has not vanished with infancy, but still is apt to assail me.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Driving these unwelcome reflections from his mind, he paused to light a cigarette.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I reflected a few seconds, and at last I extended my hand.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Reflection from the cloud was not possible in these directions.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
A little reflection will, however, put a different construction on this objection.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
There is but one starting-point for reflection when all men are invited to share in it.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry

In poetry:

What mortal beauty resembles yours,
O vision which my soul has dreamed
And which reflects in me your gleam
Like sunlight on the ocean’s mirror?
"Ignoto Deo" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
Grace! 'tis a sweet, a charming theme;
My thoughts rejoice at Jesus' name:
Ye angels, dwell upon the sound!
Ye heav'ns, reflect it to the ground!
"Hymn 47" by Isaac Watts
From the sky their beaks gave dewdrops,
Sunrays reflected in the sea.
Each new morning song they chirruped
Brought more splits in the ancient tree.
"The Black Oak" by Giorgi Leonidze
His eyes were wide and full of light,
Young eyes, where dreams and fancies glow.
There was no star in Heaven so bright,
And I reflect the stars, and know.
"Song of the Enfifa River" by Laurence Hope
"You are a well, whereon I, gazing, see
Reflections of the upper heavens—a well
From whence come deep, deep echoes up to me—
Some underwave's low swell.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
An eagle at the top of a low cedar-bush
On the sage-ash desert
Reflecting the scorch of the sun from his breast;
Eagle, with the sickle dripping darkly above.
"Eagle In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Visionaries reflect on Interstate 69's beginnings.
When selecting weave hair choose wisely: consider costs and styles reflecting your lifestyle.
Beauty comes in small packages at this year's "Holiday Reflections" show at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery.
"Occupy Wall Street" reflects " broad-based frustration".
Uptick in home sales, values reflect broad-based recovery of Kansas housing market.
There is a pattern to the political life of Rob Portman, as he reflected over dinner the other night.
Even more recordings and a few reflections.
Self-Reflection Through Scottish Buddhism .
Her parents, Alan and Barbara Siskin, and sister Leah, reflect on Sarah's life six years after her death.
Thanksgiving table settings reflect personal style.
Bungalow makeover reflects owner's taste.
Bellingham's Terry Buzzard reflects on a lifetime spent on the sea.
Relatives of the victims left tributes in a reflecting pool at the World Trade Center site.
For Sunday's paper I reflected on my first summer of going to track-season galas, fundraisers and other such soirées in Saratoga.
Days after True's body was found in New Mexico, Jurek reflects on the passing of his friend.

In science:

Like the Axioms of PA, the first two clearly reflect their roots in (PPR1-2).
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
Universe should be reflected by the homogeneity of the series.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
While indeed such a correction helps, even (3.2.1) does not reflect the tendency in {ni}.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
This term means that this quantity, while reflecting the system’s “disorder,” may have the same value for structurally different system.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
In this case the variational solution is n(k) = A exp(2bk)/k2 and the agreement again reflects that no additional information is contained in the algorithm.
The Blind Watchmaker Network: Scale-freeness and Evolution