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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


Synonymsreflexion


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.


Synonymsreflexion


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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