Definition of mirror in English:

mirror

noun

  • 1A surface, typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, which reflects a clear image.

    ‘he checked his appearance in the mirror’
    • ‘She stood up, and took a quick look at herself in the full length mirror on her wall.’
    • ‘There was a round mirror on the ceiling and in that surface I saw myself.’
    • ‘Kitty smiled into her large, oval bedroom mirror.’
    • ‘Critically, I studied myself in the full-length mirror on the wall.’
    • ‘I was in for another surprise when I saw familiar images reflected in the mirror.’
    • ‘There was a mirror in my room, a tiny square of smoky glass.’
    • ‘Please, I beg you, look in the mirror in the dressing room.’
    • ‘My jaws dropped slightly as I saw the bathroom mirror was smashed to pieces.’
    • ‘The young man saw himself in the mirror behind the bar.’
    • ‘Sam looked dubiously at the large oval mirror on the desk, as Ryan set blue candles around it.’
    • ‘I stood up and walked over to the full length mirror hanging on my closet door.’
    • ‘As the steam in the bathroom began to vent, the mirror cleared and his image appeared before him.’
    • ‘I looked into the large, round silver mirror on the wall adjacent to my bed.’
    • ‘Hold a mirror in front of you and you can suddenly see behind you.’
    • ‘Kevin checked his rear view mirror to see if anyone was following them.’
    • ‘She checks her rear view mirrors, but she does not check the door.’
    • ‘The driver's side mirror is often adjusted manually outside the car.’
    • ‘He pulled on his jeans and looked into the mirror above the sink.’
    • ‘She managed to go a few steps further before she saw the bathroom mirror reflecting what was in it.’
    • ‘He looked up at the small cracked mirror above the sink.’
    looking glass, reflector, reflecting surface
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    1. 1.1 A thing regarded as accurately representing something else.
      ‘the stage is supposed to be the mirror of life’
      • ‘Much of the work presented here invites analogies to US culture, providing a mirror and a model as much as a window onto a distant country.’
      • ‘Until then I had put up with whatever my mother considered respectable, an accurate mirror of the life she wished to be perceived as having.’
      • ‘The world, far from being a rough wilderness one has to force into one's own likeness, is now a mirror.’
      • ‘The world is a mirror representing the divine life.’
      • ‘As an accurate mirror of the society it serves, that is to be expected.’
      • ‘This executive branch of government never functions as accurate and honest mirrors of the president.’
      • ‘These representations are complex mirrors for western selves in specific historical moments.’
      • ‘Because of this twist, the second act is a distorted mirror of the first act, taking place on a similar weekend two years later.’
      reflection, twin, double, exact likeness, image, replica, copy, clone, match, parallel
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    2. 1.2Computing A site on a network which stores the contents copied from another site.
      ‘the company now has a mirror site in Taiwan’
      • ‘For example, if a file becomes corrupted, the system can locate a copy on a mirror site and replace the damaged file.’
      • ‘There are currently eleven hosts listed that are said to have deleted the site or refused to carry mirrors of it.’
      • ‘Its data center in London will serve as the mirror site going forward.’
      • ‘Since the release has not yet been officially announced, it may not appear on the company's list of approved FTP mirrors.’
      • ‘As a mirror site for the Central Institute of Technology, New Zealand, the site includes around 25 courseware packages published by them.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1(of a surface) show a reflection of.

    ‘the clear water mirrored the sky’
    • ‘The water mirrored the tranquil display of colors.’
    • ‘It just finished raining, and the streets have a dull shine to them, mirroring the grey sky above.’
    • ‘The colourful houses lining the fjord were mirrored in the calm surface.’
    • ‘The water's still surface perfectly mirrors the ragged spires of the aptly named Sawtooth Range stacked against the western horizon.’
    • ‘The translucent surface of the water mirrors the form of the island and the sky creating an overall aura of serenity.’
    • ‘The river's glassy surface mirrors the surrounding forest in perfect detail.’
    • ‘Suddenly we come across a huge expanse of startlingly blue water mirroring vermilion rocks and towering pinnacles.’
    • ‘Each of their lips moved in tiny whispers and their bright forms were mirrored on the water.’
    • ‘Qingshan Lake, which is 1.8 times of the size of West Lake, mirrors the forest on its surface.’
    • ‘Allie squinted at the seemingly still water which mirrored the overcast sky.’
    • ‘In the spring the still surface mirrored the pale green of new buds.’
    • ‘The sun dipped into the ocean, surrounded by rainbow-colored sky that was mirrored in the gentle waves.’
    • ‘The sun was shining high overhead but it wasn't mirrored in the water.’
    • ‘The surface is dead calm, mirroring the surroundings, perfectly creating a surreal environment.’
    • ‘The water mirrored and reflected the sky, bringing the outside into the intimate space.’
    • ‘The magic of sand and stone is mirrored in the placid waters of the Sindhu, increasing the beauty of the landscape.’
    • ‘Steep, heavily wooded slopes and towering waterfalls rushed down to the river bottom, where the sparkling flood mirrored the mountains and sky above.’
    send back, throw back, cast back, give back, bounce back, shine back, return
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    1. 1.1 Correspond to.
      ‘his own views mirrored those of his followers’
      • ‘The journal's emphasis on the recent past mirrors the trend in manuscript submissions.’
      • ‘For him, however, music is a medium that mirrors the world, reflecting the mores and aspirations of its young.’
      • ‘But the accounting treatment for these leases does not mirror this economic reality.’
      • ‘Events at the school closely mirror the political situation in Chile as a whole.’
      • ‘The set-up for each game is designed to nullify the opposition, often mirroring it.’
      • ‘Use of mesh in the past decade in southeastern Scotland mirrors the global trend.’
      • ‘The clinical condition of affected individuals often does not closely mirror their specific genotype.’
      • ‘They had created a symmetrical drawing, with one side mirroring the other.’
      • ‘But is TV mirroring reality or is it all science fiction?’
      • ‘The revival of Confucius mirrors the return of other traditional belief systems and religions such as Taoism and Buddhism.’
      • ‘Support for the Vietnam conflict also mirrors the ends-and-means calculus reflected in the Korean War.’
      • ‘The film closes with the end of the affair - a summer of self-indulgence and irresponsibility has transformed into autumnal reflection, mirroring the changes in wider society at the turn of the decade.’
      • ‘The state that best mirrors the general pattern of analysis of the African state is Nigeria.’
      • ‘The following extracts especially appealed to me, because they mirror my own experience.’
      • ‘By design, the student body closely mirrors the school district as a whole.’
      • ‘Parents of children with congenital heart defects have already told her that her account mirrored exactly what they went through.’
      • ‘People's views do not simply mirror their material circumstances.’
      • ‘The study says the spike in storm intensity mirrors a rise in ocean surface temperatures which, in turn, may be linked to global warming.’
      • ‘Mirroring a national trend, the number of postal vote applications has soared.’
      • ‘So the Tories are now simply mirroring what Labour did two decades ago.’
      reflect, repeat, match, reproduce, imitate, simulate
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    2. 1.2Computing Keep a copy of the contents of (a network site) at another site, typically in order to improve accessibility.
      ‘his site was mirrored at several colleges around the United States’
      • ‘The Norwegian rappers also encourage others to mirror the original site ‘on the condition that you don't alter our content’.’
      • ‘If you are transferring from anonymous sites, the format is almost identical to the one used to mirror a Web site.’
      • ‘Later, the site at SUNY was mirrored at other locations.’
      • ‘What NZ operation has seemingly been mirroring other websites without permission and using these cloned sites to accept unsuspecting people's credit card details?’
      • ‘If you've offered to mirror the site elsewhere, thanks.’
    3. 1.3usually as noun mirroringComputing Store copies of data in (two or more hard disks) for protection.
      ‘the second drive is set up for disk mirroring’
      • ‘The hallmarks of enterprise-class data protection are technologies like remote replication and disk mirroring.’
      • ‘Some have gone further, enhancing their backup strategy with expensive disk arrays and mirroring.’
      • ‘As 2 disks are used for striping and 2 disks for mirroring, such an array is as fast as a standard RAID array with 2 disks and offers still data protection by mirroring.’
      • ‘Instead, a combination of disk mirroring and tape backup can provide a more complete protection scheme.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French mirour, based on Latin mirare ‘look at’. Early senses also included ‘a crystal used in magic’ and ‘a person deserving imitation’.

Pronunciation

mirror

/ˈmɪrə/