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reflectionnoun

uk   us   /rɪˈflek.ʃən/

reflection noun (IMAGE)

B2 [C or U] the ​image of something in a ​mirror or on any ​reflectivesurface: In ​Greekmythology, Narcissus ​fell in ​love with his own reflection in a ​pool of ​water. He put ​silverfoil around the ​fire to ​increaseheat 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 ​silverfoil around the ​fire to ​increaseheat reflection.angle of reflection the ​angle that a ​beam of ​light or other ​energy that is ​reflected from a ​surface makes with a ​linevertical 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 ​carefulthought: On reflection (= after ​considering it), I ​decided I had been ​wrong. After 30 ​years as a ​judge, her reflections on/aboutjustice were well ​worthlistening to.
a reflection on sb/sth something that makes other ​people have a ​particularopinion about someone or something, ​especially a ​badopinion: Low ​testscores are a ​sad reflection on ​ourschoolsystem.
(Definition of reflection from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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reflectionnoun

 us   /rɪˈflek·ʃən/

reflection noun (SHOW)

[C] something that ​shows, ​expresses, or is a ​sign of something: Their ​finelydecoratedhome is a reflection of ​their good ​taste. The team’s ​losses of late ​seem to be a reflection on the ​coaching.

reflection noun (SEND BACK)

physics [C/U] the ​return of ​light, ​heat, ​sound, or ​energy from a ​surface [C/U] A reflection is also an ​imageseen in a ​mirror or other ​shinysurface: Standing on the ​dock, we could ​see the reflection of the ​sky in the still ​water.angle of reflection physics The ​angle of reflection is the ​angle that a ​beam of ​light or other ​energy that is ​reflected from a ​surface makes with a ​linevertical to that ​surface.

reflection noun (THINKING)

[C/U] carefulthoughts: [C] Her reflections on ​life are ​recorded in her ​journal. [U] After much reflection, he ​decided to ​return to ​teaching.
(Definition of reflection from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “reflection”
in Arabic اِنْعِكاس…
in Korean 상, 모습…
in Portuguese reflexo…
in Catalan reflex…
in Japanese (鏡などに映った)姿, 映像…
in Chinese (Simplified) 返回, 映像, 映照出的影像…
in Turkish yansıma, görünüm, akis…
in Russian отражение, размышление…
in Chinese (Traditional) 返回, 映射, 映照出的影像…
in Italian immagine riflessa…
in Polish odbicie, namysł…
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