Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something, such as a surface, that reflects.
  • n. A reflecting telescope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something which reflects heat, light or sound, especially something having a reflecting surface.
  • n. A reflecting telescope.
  • n. A small, often red, reflecting disk on the rear of a vehicle or bicycle that reflects the headlights of other vehicles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, reflects.
  • n.
  • n. Something having a polished surface for reflecting light or heat, as a mirror, a speculum, etc.
  • n. A reflecting telescope.
  • n. A device for reflecting sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who reflects or considers.
  • n. One who casts reflections; a censurer.
  • n. That which reflects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. device that reflects radiation
  • n. optical telescope consisting of a large concave mirror that produces an image that is magnified by the eyepiece

Etymologies

reflect +‎ -or (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Douglas - not 'reflector' - greenhouse gases absorb photons, their energy (vibration, rotation, speed) increases; they transfer energy by collisions, and they emit photons.

    RealClimate

  • I hope this season to commence a series of observations with the twenty-foot reflector, which is now in fine order.

    The Story of the Herschels

  • Gifted with the sort of mind which we must call a reflector, he appropriated the sallies of others, the wit of the stage and the petits journaux, by his method of repeating them, and applied them as formulas of criticism.

    Beatrix

  • Gifted with the sort of mind which we must call a reflector, he appropriated the sallies of others, the wit of the stage and the/petits journaux/, by his method of repeating them, and applied them as formulas of criticism.

    Beatrix

  • Unless your reflector is a large parabolic dish and the device just happens to be at its point of focus, reflections aren't going to provide much gain at all compared to the several orders of magnitude you'd need to make this work.

    Planet Atheism

  • The satellite employs a large 12 meter mesh antenna reflector, which is essential for delivering services to small mobile and portable devices.

    GuruFocus Updates

  • The "reflector" is not cheating, anything in shadow is only seen because there is always some background reflection, so it's just a question of how much.

    Pyle on Light and Shadow

  • The most elementary kind of reflector cooker is one that consists of (more or less) parabolic reflectors and a holder for the cooking pot situated at the cooker's focal spot.

    2. Solar Cookers and Solar Cooker Projects

  • - The mirror is a one-dimensional parabolic reflector which is easy to manufacture.

    Chapter 8

  • She bared her white arms to the elbows and made biscuits for the "reflector" instead of bannock, while Aldous brought water from the lake, and MacDonald cut wood.

    The Hunted Woman

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