from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To throw or bend back (light, for example) from a surface. See Synonyms at echo.
- transitive v. To give back or show an image of (an object); mirror.
- transitive v. To make apparent; express or manifest: Her work reflects intelligence.
- transitive v. To bring as a consequence: The victory reflects credit on the coach.
- transitive v. Archaic To bend back.
- intransitive v. To be bent or thrown back: Her voice reflected off the canyon walls.
- intransitive v. To give something back, as light or sound: a shiny surface that reflects well.
- intransitive v. To give evidence of the characteristics or qualities of someone or something: That student's performance reflects well on the whole school.
- intransitive v. To bring blame or discredit: Hasty preparation of the report will reflect on you.
- intransitive v. To think seriously. See Synonyms at think.
- intransitive v. To express carefully considered thoughts: In the essay, he reflects on his career.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bend back (light, etc.) from a surface.
- v. To be bent back (light, etc.) from a surface.
- v. To mirror, or show the image of something.
- v. To be mirrored.
- v. To agree with; to closely follow.
- v. To give evidence of someone's or something's character etc.
- v. To think seriously; to ponder or consider.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bend back; to give a backwa�d turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface
- transitive v. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror.
- intransitive v. To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams.
- intransitive v. To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return.
- intransitive v. To throw or turn back the thoughts upon anything; to contemplate. Specifically: To attend earnestly to what passes within the mind; to attend to the facts or phenomena of consciousness; to use attention or earnest thought; to meditate; especially, to think in relation to moral truth or rules.
- intransitive v. To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bend back; turn back; cast back; throw back again.
- Hence, figuratively, to bend the will of; persuade.
- To cause to return or to throw off after striking or falling on any surface, and in accordance with certain physical laws: as, to reflect light, heat, or sound; incident and reflected rays. See reflection, 2.
- To give back an image or likeness of; mirror.
- To bend or turn back; be reflected.
- To throw back light, heat, sound, etc.; give reflections; return rays or beams; as, a reflecting mirror or gem.
- To throw or turn back the thoughts upon something; think or consider seriously; revolve matters in the mind, especially in relation to conduct; ponder or meditate.
- To bring reproach; cast censure or blame: followed by on or upon.
- To shine.
- Synonyms To consider, meditate upon, etc. (see list under contemplate), cogitate, ruminate, study.
- n. A reflection.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be bright by reflecting or casting light
- v. reflect deeply on a subject
- v. show an image of
- v. give evidence of the quality of
- v. to throw or bend back (from a surface)
- v. manifest or bring back
- v. give evidence of a certain behavior
Middle English reflecten, from Old French reflecter, from Latin reflectere, to bend back : re-, re- + flectere, to bend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)