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mirror

noun

  1. (reflector)  a polished surface that forms images by reflecting light
    Type of: reflector
  2. (depicting)  a faithful depiction or reflection
    Type of: depicting

verb

  1. (reverberate)  to reflect as if in a mirror
    Type of: reflect
  2. (communication verb)  to reflect or resemble
    Type of: reflect

Etymology summary

Old French mireor "a reflecting glass", earlier miradoir (11th century), from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Mirror

an object that reflects light in a way that preserves much of its original quality subsequent to its contact with the mirror. Some mirrors also filter out some wavelengths, while preserving other wavelengths in the reflection. This is different from... (40 of 6413 words, 19 images)

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Mirror (disambiguation)

an object whose surface reflects an image. Mirror may also refer to: Disk mirroring, a process of duplicating the contents of a computer disk | Mirror (computing), an exact copy of a data set, e.g. a website | Mirror (programming), a type of Reflection... (42 of 418 words, 42 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

mirror [optics]

any polished surface that diverts a ray of light according to the law of reflection. The typical mirror is a sheet of glass that is coated on its back ... (29 of 941 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/385037​/mirror

Wiktionary:

mirror | mirrors [plural] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle] | looking glasses [plural] | mirrour [sense-specific] | glass [outdated, synonym, sense-specific] | looking glass [outdated, synonym, sense-specific]

A smooth surface, usually made of glass with reflective material painted on the underside, that reflects light so as to give an image of what is in front of it. | [figurative] an object, person, or event that reflects or gives a picture of another. | ... (44 of 109 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mirror

Collins Dictionary:

mirror | mirror-like [adjective, derived]

a surface, such as polished metal or glass coated with a metal film, that ... | such a reflecting surface mounted in a frame | any reflecting surface ... (26 of 472 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mirror

Random House Dictionary:

mirror | with mirrors [sense-specific]

a reflecting surface, originally of polished metal but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing. | such a surface set into a ... (25 of 205 words, 13 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mirror

Oxford Dictionary:

mirror | mirror site | mirroring | mirrored [derived]

a surface, typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, which reflects a clear image | a thing regarded as accurately representing something else | ... (23 of 202 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mirror

Columbia Encyclopedia:

mirror

in optics, a reflecting surface that forms an image of an object when light rays coming from that object fall upon it (see reflection). Usually ... (25 of 116 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0833381​.html

Merriam-Webster:

mirror [entry 1, noun] | glass [synonym, sense-specific] | looking glass [synonym, sense-specific] | cheval glass [similar, sense-specific] | dressing glass [similar, sense-specific] | hand glass [similar, sense-specific] | pier glass [similar, sense-specific] | pier mirror [similar, sense-specific] | reflector [similar, sense-specific]

a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection | something that gives a true representation ; an exemplary model (23 of 106 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mirror

mirror [entry 2, verb] | resemble [synonym, sense-specific] | image [synonym, sense-specific] | reflect [synonym, sense-specific] | clone [similar, sense-specific] | copy [similar, sense-specific] | duplicate [similar, sense-specific] | imitate [similar, sense-specific] | reduplicate [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to reflect in or as if in a mirror | "resemble" (10 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

mirror | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle] | mirrors [3rd-person singular present] | looking glass [sense-specific]

A surface capable of reflecting sufficient undiffused light to form an image of an object placed in front of it. | Something that faithfully reflects ... (24 of 97 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mirror

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mirror [countable] | mirrors [plural]

a piece of special glass in which you can see yourself or see what is behind you ; someone or something that matches or expresses the qualities, ... (27 of 79 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mirror

mirror [transitive, often passive, verb] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle] | mirrors [3rd-person singular present]

to reflect something like a mirror ; to match or express the qualities, features, or feelings of someone or something (20 of 61 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mirror 9

New World Dictionary:

mirror

a smooth surface that reflects the images of objects; especially, a piece of glass coated on the reverse side as with silver or an amalgam | anything ... (26 of 75 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mirror

Cambridge Dictionary:

mirror [entry 1]

a piece of glass with a shiny metallic back which reflects light, producing an image of whatever is in front of it (22 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mirror 1

mirror [entry 2] | be a mirror of something

to be an honest representation of something (7 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mirror 2

mirror [entry 3]

to represent something honestly | to be very similar to something (10 of 36 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mirror 3

Encarta Dictionary:

mirror | mirrors [plural] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle]

a surface, e.g. glass or polished metal, that reflects light without ... | something that accurately reproduces, describes, or represents something ... (20 of 174 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630377​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

mirror

First use: early 13th century

Origin: Old French mireor "a reflecting glass", earlier miradoir (11th century), from mirer "look at", from Vulgar Latin *mirare, ... (21 of 82 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=mirror

Oxford Dictionary:

mirror | mirror site | mirroring

Origin: Middle English: from Old French mirour, based on Latin mirare "look at". Early senses also included "a crystal used in magic" and "a ... (23 of 26 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mirror

American Heritage Dictionary:

mirror | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle] | mirrors [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English mirour, from Old French mireor, from mirer, to look at, from Latin mīrārī, to wonder at, from ... (19 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mirror

Wiktionary:

mirror | mirrors [plural] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English mirour, from Old French mireor, from mirer, to look at, from Latin mīror ("wonder at"), from mīrus ("wonderful").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mirror

Collins Dictionary:

mirror

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French from mirer to look at, from Latin mīrārī to wonder at

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mirror

New World Dictionary:

mirror

Origin: Middle English mirour from Old French mireor from Vulgar Latin *miratorium from mirare: see "mirage"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mirror

Merriam-Webster:

mirror [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English mirour, from Anglo-French mirur, from mirer to look at, from Latin mirari to wonder at

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mirror

Encarta Dictionary:

mirror | mirrors [plural] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French mirour from Latin mirari

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630377​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

mirror | mirrors [plural] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "mirror"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "mirror"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mirror

Collins Dictionary:

mirror

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mirror"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mirror

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mirror [countable] | mirrors [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mirror"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mirror

mirror [transitive, often passive, verb] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle] | mirrors [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "mirror"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

mirror [countable] | mirrors [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mirror"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/mirror

mirror [transitive, often passive, verb] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle] | mirrors [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mirror"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/mirror 9

Cambridge Dictionary:

mirror [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "mirror"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "mirror"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mirror 1

the Free Dictionary:

mirror

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "mirror"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "mirror" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

mirror | mirrors [plural] | mirrored [past tense] | mirroring [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "mirror"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

mirror

Audio: North American pronunciation of "mirror"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=mirror​01 word=mirror

YourDictionary Audio:

mirror

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mirror" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

mirror

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "mirror" by speech synthesizer

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