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Topic: PHYSICS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: reflectere 'to bend back', from flectere 'to bend'

reflect

verb
     
reflect
re‧flect S2 W1
1

image

[transitive usually passive] if a person or a thing is reflected in a mirror, glass, or water, you can see an image of the person or thing on the surface of the mirror, glass, or water
be reflected in something
She could see her face reflected in the car's windshield.
2

be a sign of something

[transitive not usually in progressive] to show or be a sign of a particular situation or feeling:
The drop in consumer spending reflects concern about the economy.
be reflected in something
The increasing racial diversity of the US is reflected in the latest census statistics.
reflect who/what/how etc
How much you're paid reflects how important you are to the company you work for.
3

light/heat/sound

a) [transitive] if a surface reflects light, heat, or sound, it sends back the light etc that reaches it:
Wear something white - it reflects the heat.
b) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if light, heat, or sound reflects off something it reaches, it comes back from it
4

think about something

[intransitive and transitive] to think carefully about something, or to say something that you have been thinking about
reflect on
He had time to reflect on his successes and failures.
reflect that
Moe reflected that he had never seen Sherry so happy.

reflect on/upon somebody/something

phrasal verb
to influence people's opinion of someone or something, especially in a bad way:
If my children are rude, that reflects on me as a parent.
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