reflect has definitions from the field of physics
1
[ verb ] manifest or bring back

Examples

"This action reflects his true beliefs"

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

`` It reflects what is going_on in other areas of the marriage and in society itself .

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

This was generally reflected in the civil_laws of Christian countries .

(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)

These polar concerns ( imitation vs. formalism ) reflect a philosophical and religious situation which has been developing over a long period_of_time .

The image of the world tends to reflect the hostility and indifference of man or_else to dissolve into empty spaces and overwhelming mystery .

(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)

His earliest work reflected heavy influences from English and continental writers .

Related terms

indicate redound

2
[ verb ] reflect deeply on a subject

Examples

"I mulled over the events of the afternoon" "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years" "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate"

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

In an effort to fortify himself against the unforeseen upsets sure to arise in the future , Herbert_A._Leggett , banker editor of the Phoenix `` Arizona_Progress '' , reflects upon a_few of the depressing experiences of the feverish fifties .

(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)

There 's no greater catastrophe in the universe , she reflected dourly , impaling tender green_beans on the silver fork , than the dwindling_away of a family .

(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)

He scrubbed absent-mindedly at the pans and reflected on how things had turned_out .

3
[ verb ] (physics) to throw or bend back (from a surface)

Synonyms

reverberate

Examples

"A mirror in the sun can reflect light into a person's eyes" "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"

Used in print

(Jacob Robbins et al., "The thyroid-stimulating...)

If the deficiency persists long enough , it is reasonable to suppose that the * * f label will reflect the * * f distribution in the thyroglobulin .

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

The beliefs of a religion also reflecting the values are expressed in creeds , dogmas , and doctrines , and form what Durkheim calls a credo .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

The sharp ray was absorbed by a cloud , then reflected to the earth in a softer , diffused radiance .

4
[ verb ] be bright by reflecting or casting light

Synonyms

shine

Examples

"Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"

Used in print

(Ann Carnahan, Nick Manero's Cook-out Barbeque...)

Do line barbecue fire bowl with heavy foil to reflect heat .

(Anita Loos, No Mother to Guide Her....)

The incident , aside from reflecting on Welch 's political career , had all_but wrecked his home life .

5
[ verb ] give evidence that someone has acted in a certain way

Examples

"His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him"

Related terms

attest

6
[ verb ] give evidence of the quality of

Examples

"The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student"

Related terms

attest mirror

*