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Meaning of reflecting by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of reflect .


    reflecting ( plural: reflectings )

    1. Action of the verb to reflect.


    reflecting ( comparative more reflecting, superlative most reflecting )

    1. That reflects .
      a reflecting pool
    2. That utilizes reflection .
      a reflecting telescope

Explanation of reflecting by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. causing reflection or having a device that reflects

    2. a reflecting microscope

    Definition of reflecting by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Reflect ( r?fl?kt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reflected; p. pr. & vb. n. Reflecting.] [L. reflectere, reflexum; pref. re- re- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible, and cf. Reflex, v.]
      1. To bend back; to give a backwad turn to; to throw back; especially, to cause to return after striking upon any surface; as, “a mirror reflects rays of light; polished metals reflect heat.”

      Let me mind the reader to reflect his eye on our quotations. Fuller.

      Bodies close together reflect their own color. Dryden.

      2. To give back an image or likeness of; to mirror.

      Nature is the glass reflecting God,

      As by the sea reflected is the sun. Young.

    2. Reflecting, a.
      1. Throwing back light, heat, etc., as a mirror or other surface.

      2. Given to reflection or serious consideration; reflective; contemplative; as, “a reflecting mind”.

      Reflecting circle, an astronomical instrument for measuring angless, like the sextant or Hadley's quadrant, by the reflection of light from two plane mirrors which it carries, and differing from the sextant chiefly in having an entire circle. -- Reflecting galvanometer, a galvanometer in which the deflections of the needle are read by means of a mirror attached to it, which reflects a ray of light or the image of a scale; -- called also mirror galvanometer. -- Reflecting goniometer. See under Goniometer. -- Reflecting telescope. See under Telescope.