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re·flec·tion

reflection

 
 
pronunciation:
rih flek shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of reflecting or state of being reflected.
When we see colors, we see the reflection of light by objects.
similar words:
image
definition 2: heat, light, or an image that bounces off an object or surface.
We looked at our reflections in the lake.
 
synonyms:
image
definition 3: the process of deep or serious thinking, or a particular thought that results from this process.
Upon careful reflection, I have decided not to go.His book is filled with interesting reflections on how computers have changed people.
derivations: reflectional (adj.), reflectionless (adj.)
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The word reflection contains the following parts:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay, rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).
flect, flex Latin root that means bend
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.