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Definition of Reflection


  1. The act of reflecting, or turning or sending back, or the state of being reflected.
  2. The return of rays, beams, sound, or the like, from a surface. See Angle of reflection, below.
  3. The reverting of the mind to that which has already occupied it; continued consideration; meditation; contemplation; hence, also, that operation or power of the mind by which it is conscious of its own acts or states; the capacity for judging rationally, especially in view of a moral rule or standard.
  4. Shining; brightness, as of the sun.
  5. That which is produced by reflection.
  6. An image given back from a reflecting surface; a reflected counterpart.
  7. A part reflected, or turned back, at an angle; as, the reflection of a membrane.
  8. Result of meditation; thought or opinion after attentive consideration or contemplation; especially, thoughts suggested by truth.
  9. Censure; reproach cast.
  10. The transference of an excitement from one nerve fiber to another by means of the nerve cells, as in reflex action. See Reflex action, under Reflex.

Reflection Quotations

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Thomas Paine

Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.
Shawn Ashmore

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
Meg Rosoff
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Reflection Translations

reflection in Dutch is weerglans, afspiegeling
reflection in German is Besinnung, Reflexion, Spiegelbild, Reflektion
reflection in Italian is immagine riflessa, ragionamento fallace
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