Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To bend back; to give a backwa[GREEK]d turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface;
as, a mirror
reflectsrays of light; polished metals
Let me mind the reader to
reflecthis eye on our quotations.
Bodies close together
reflecttheir own color.
To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror.
Nature is the glass
As by the sea
As by the sea
reflectedis the sun.
To throw back light, heat, or the like; to return rays or beams.
To be sent back; to rebound as from a surface; to revert; to return.
Whose virtues will, I hope,
Reflecton Rome, as Titan’s rays on earth.
To throw or turn back the thoughts upon anything; to contemplate. Specifically: To attend earnestly to what passes within the mind; to attend to the facts or phenomena of consciousness; to use attention or earnest thought; to meditate; especially, to think in relation to moral truth or rules.
We can not be said to
reflectupon any external object, except so far as that object has been previously perceived, and its image become part and parcel of our intellectual furniture.
Sir W. Hamilton.
All men are concious of the operations of their own minds, at all times, while they are awake, but there few who
reflectupon them, or make them objects of thought.
As I much
reflected, much I mourned.
To cast reproach; to cause censure or dishonor.
Errors of wives
reflecton husbands still.
Neither do I
reflectin the least upon the memory of his late majesty.
Syn. – To consider; think; cogitate; mediate; contemplate; ponder; muse; ruminate.
Webster 1828 Edition
To throw back; to return. In the rainbow, the rays of light are reflected as well as refracted.
Bodies close together reflect their own color.
1.To throw back light; to return rays or beams; as a reflecting mirror or gem.
2.To bend back.
3.To throw or turn back the thoughts upon the past operations of the mind or upon past events. We reflect with pleasure on a generous or heroic action; we reflect with pain on our follies and vices; we reflect on our former thoughts, meditations and opinions.
4.To consider attentively; to revolve in the mind; to contemplate; as, I will reflect on this subject.
And as I much reflected, much I mourn'd.
In every action, reflect upon the end.
[To reflect on things future, is not strictly possible, yet the word is often used as synonymous with meditate and contemplate.]
5.To bring reproach.
Errors of wives reflect on husband still.
To reflect on, to cast censure or reproach.
I do not reflect in the least on the memory of his late majesty.