• The girl sees the Prince's reflection
    The girl sees the Prince's reflection
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj reflective devoted to matters of the mind "the reflective type"
    • adj reflective capable of physically reflecting light or sound "a reflective surface"
    • adj reflective deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"
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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: Even though a polar bears fur looks white it is actually colourless and is made with hollow tubes. The reason the bear looks white is because the rough inner surface of the tubes make light scatter and reflect at many different angles which gives the white appearance
    • Reflective Addicted to introspective or meditative habits; as, a reflective person.
    • Reflective Capable of exercising thought or judgment; as, reflective reason. "His perceptive and reflective faculties . . . thus acquired a precocious and extraordinary development."
    • Reflective (Gram) Reflexive; reciprocal. "Reflectiveness of manner."
    • Reflective Throwing back images; as, a reflective mirror. "In the reflective stream the sighing bride, viewing her charms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear
    • reflective Throwing back rays or images; giving reflections; reflecting.
    • reflective Taking cognizance of the operations of the mind; exercising thought or reflection; capable of exercising thought or judgment.
    • reflective Having a tendency to or characterized by reflection.
    • reflective Devoted to reflection; containing reflections.
    • reflective In grammar, reflexive.
    • reflective Produced by reflection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hair on a polar bearis not white, but clear. They reflect light, so they appear white.
    • adj Reflective reflecting: considering the operations of the mind: exercising thought or reflection:
    • adj Reflective (gram.) reciprocal
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.”
  • 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.”
  • James Levin
    James Levin
    “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.”
  • George Eliot
    “Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. réflectif,. Cf. Reflexive


In literature:

Your figure is exactly reflected in this mirror.
"The Man in the Iron Mask" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
On Aulus's face anger and pain were reflected again.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
These reflections winged by in a scarcely perceptible interval of it.
"The Sleuth of St. James's Square" by Melville Davisson Post
When I am reflecting on these occasions, even deaf persons can hear me think.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Purples and blues of divers shades were reflected from this mirror accordingly as each undulation sloped east or west.
"Desperate Remedies" by Thomas Hardy
Monsieur Carre-Lamadon was reflecting profoundly.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
He took off his hat and scratched his tousled head in reflection.
"Dennison Grant" by Robert Stead
Shutting the door, she returned to the office and glanced critically at her reflection in a mirror on the wall.
"The Girl From Keller's" by Harold Bindloss
She nodded at her reflected self, but her face was grave; for between these two, small, blue-robed figures was a deep and unsuspected secret.
"Maurice Guest" by Henry Handel Richardson
Even Jake Wheeler was tongue-tied, and Jethro appeared to be lost in reflection.
"Coniston, Complete" by Winston Churchill

In poetry:

THERE are two Heavens for natures clear
And calm as thine, my gentle Love!
One Heaven but reflected here;
One Heaven that waits above:
"The Two Heavens" by Gerald Massey
Reflect, that ne'er so great a sum,
Nor house nor lands, shall ever come
For any man's offence to pay,
Upon the Lord's tremendous day!
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
Those eyes are mirror of thy soul;
As in the waves that deeply roll,
The sun and moon and stars are seen,
Reflected with undimmed sheen.
"To Fannie" by James Avis Bartley
That none of us may ever dwell
With Dives in the flames of hell,
Let us reflect, ere 'tis too late,
What torments Satan's slaves await!
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
This thing, that hath a code and not a core,
Hath set acquaintance where might be affections,
And nothing now
Disturbeth his reflections.
"An Object" by Ezra Pound
'Tis not the star the wave so wildly clasps,
Only its form reflected in the stream;
'Tis not a broken heart I mourn,
Only a broken dream.
"The Criminal's Betrothed" by Marietta Holley

In news:

There's something surreal about the light reflected off Biscayne Bay and into the thatch-roof shade of Scotty's.
Thanksgiving table settings reflect personal style.
Bungalow makeover reflects owner's taste.
REFLECTION I — A visitor discusses the grassroots, civic engagement undertaken by New Yorkers in the decade between the ancestral remains' rediscovery and reinterment.
As the clock ticks down on another calendar year, it is time for a little reflection on the hockey memories that remain indelibly etched in our memory banks.
The higher harvest price set in recent days by the USDA reflects the increased prices for corn and soybeans since March as the drought this summer cut as much as 4 billion bushels from the US corn crop.
Bellingham's Terry Buzzard reflects on a lifetime spent on the sea.
Sarah Palin's new book 'America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag' goes on sale Tuesday.
Those proportions were reflected in the music of Ismael Lo.
In this reflective tale, Smith (It's a Book) departs from his customary irony to muse on the memories, talents, and traditions passed down through generations.
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.
Chaps Eyewear, a Ralph Lauren brand from the Luxottica Group, reflects timeless design combined with the American spirit of durability, comfort and style.
Franciscans reflect on relevance of charism 800 years after founding.
Does chenin blanc reflect our city.

In science:

We assume that the lower branch in the excitation spectrum of Fig. 1 reflects the acoustic (a) state and the upper branch the optic (b) state of primary (lb and tr) effectons. 2.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Figure 5: Reflection measurement: the input reflection loss is below – 30 dB in a usable bandwidth of 10 MHz.
Design of a 3 GHz Accelerator Structure for the CLIC Test Facility (CTF 3) Drive Beam
Like the Axioms of PA, the first two clearly reflect their roots in (PPR1-2).
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
The increase in S mainly reflects an increase in the number of charge carriers which can account partly for the CMR. However, the mobility can also increase.
Magnetotransport Coefficients of Sm0.55Sr0.45MnO3
The sketch is drafted to demonstrate the phenomenon of luminosity change in the frame at rest due to relativistic aberration and does not reflect other relativistic effects.
On lambda and omega measurements and acceleration of universe expansion