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English noun: reflection

1. reflection (cognition) a calm, lengthy, intent consideration

Synonymscontemplation, musing, reflexion, rumination, thoughtfulness

Broader (hypernym)consideration

Narrower (hyponym)cogitation, introspection, meditation, meditation, retrospect, self-contemplation, self-examination, speculation, study

2. reflection (phenomenon) the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface


Broader (hypernym)physical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)flare, interreflection, virtual image, zodiacal light

3. reflection (communication) expression without words

SamplesTears are an expression of grief.
The pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition.

Synonymsexpression, manifestation, reflexion

Broader (hypernym)demo, demonstration

Narrower (hyponym)act, blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, lamentation, mourning, outburst

4. reflection (attribute) a likeness in which left and right are reversed

Synonymsmirror image, reflexion

Broader (hypernym)alikeness, likeness, similitude

5. reflection (artifact) the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material)

SamplesHe studied his reflection in the mirror.


Broader (hypernym)icon, ikon, image, picture

6. reflection (mathematics) a transformation in which the direction of one axis is reversed

Broader (hypernym)transformation

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

7. reflection (communication) a remark expressing careful consideration

Synonymsobservation, reflexion

Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark

Instance hyponymParkinson's law, Parkinson's law

8. reflection (attribute) the ability to reflect beams or rays

Synonymsreflectivity, reflexion

Broader (hypernym)physical property

Narrower (hyponym)echo, echo, replication, reverberation, sound reflection

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