Definition of Reflect

1. Verb. Manifest or bring back. "This action reflects his true beliefs"

Generic synonyms: Designate, Indicate, Point, Show

2. Verb. Reflect deeply on a subject. "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

3. Verb. To throw or bend back (from a surface). "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"
Exact synonyms: Reverberate
Category relationships: Acoustics
Specialized synonyms: Reverberate, Mirror
Related verbs: Reverberate
Derivative terms: Reflector, Reverberant

4. Verb. Be bright by reflecting or casting light. "The coins reflect "; "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"
Exact synonyms: Shine
Specialized synonyms: Resplend, Glare, Opalesce, Luminesce, Coruscate, Scintillate, Sparkle
Generic synonyms: Emit, Give Off, Give Out
Derivative terms: Reflective, Shine, Shiner

5. Verb. Show an image of. "Her sunglasses reflected his image"
Category relationships: Optics
Generic synonyms: Show

6. Verb. Give evidence of a certain behavior. "His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"

7. Verb. Give evidence of the quality of. "The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"
Generic synonyms: Attest, Certify, Demonstrate, Evidence, Manifest
Specialized synonyms: Mirror

Definition of Reflect

1. v. t. To bend back; to give a backwa&?;d 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.

2. v. i. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams.

Definition of Reflect

1. Verb. (transitive) To bend back (light, etc.) from a surface. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To be bent back (light, etc.) from a surface. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To mirror, or show the image of something. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To be mirrored. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To agree with; to closely follow. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To give evidence of someone's or something's character etc. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To think seriously; to ponder or consider. ¹

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Definition of Reflect

1. to turn or throw back from a surface [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Reflect

1. 1. To bend back. 2. To throw back, as of radiant energy from a surface. 3. To meditate; to think over a matter. 4. To send back a motor impulse in response to a sensory stimulus. Origin: L. Re-flecto, pp. -flexus, to bend back (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reflect

reflect (current term)
reflect on
reflect upon
reflected colours
reflected light
reflected ray

Literary usage of Reflect

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"You will observe nothing in particular, for the black rough cloth does not reflect the light at all. Now move the hand so that the spot of light will fall ..."

2. The Connoisseur by George Colman, B. Thornton (1903)
"Horace Walpole himself, the happy and flattered author, was more occupied in using it as a mirror to reflect his inspiration than in considering it as a ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... how description of nature might be made to reflect and interpret the psychic moods of its characters. There are four English translations. ..."

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