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reflection

noun uk   us   /rɪˈflek.ʃən/

reflection noun (IMAGE)

B2 [C or U] the image of something in a mirror or on any reflective surface: In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. He put silver foil around the fire to increase heat reflection.
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reflection noun (SENDING BACK)

[U] specialized physics the return of light, heat, sound, or energy from a surface: He put silver foil around the fire to increase heat reflection.angle of reflection the angle that a beam of light or other energy that is reflected from a surface makes with a line vertical to that surface

reflection noun (SIGN)

C1 [C usually singular] a sign or result of something: The fact that soldiers are on the streets is a reflection of how terrified the government is.
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reflection noun (THOUGHT)

C2 [C or U] formal serious and careful thought: On reflection (= after considering it), I decided I had been wrong. After 30 years as a judge, her reflections on/about justice were well worth listening to.
a reflection on sb/sth something that makes other people have a particular opinion about someone or something, especially a bad opinion: Low test scores are a sad reflection on our school system.
Translations of “reflection”
in Korean 상, 모습…
in Arabic اِنْعِكاس…
in Portuguese reflexo…
in Catalan reflex…
in Japanese (鏡などに映った)姿, 映像…
in Italian immagine riflessa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 返回, 映射, 映照出的影像…
in Russian отражение, размышление…
in Turkish yansıma, görünüm, akis…
in Chinese (Simplified) 返回, 映像, 映照出的影像…
in Polish odbicie, namysł…
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