Definition of mirror in US English:

mirror

noun

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

    • ‘She managed to go a few steps further before she saw the bathroom mirror reflecting what was in it.’
    • ‘Kitty smiled into her large, oval bedroom mirror.’
    • ‘Kevin checked his rear view mirror to see if anyone was following them.’
    • ‘As the steam in the bathroom began to vent, the mirror cleared and his image appeared before him.’
    • ‘Please, I beg you, look in the mirror in the dressing room.’
    • ‘He looked up at the small cracked mirror above the sink.’
    • ‘I looked into the large, round silver mirror on the wall adjacent to my bed.’
    • ‘There was a round mirror on the ceiling and in that surface I saw myself.’
    • ‘I stood up and walked over to the full length mirror hanging on my closet door.’
    • ‘I was in for another surprise when I saw familiar images reflected in the mirror.’
    • ‘Hold a mirror in front of you and you can suddenly see behind you.’
    • ‘Critically, I studied myself in the full-length mirror on the wall.’
    • ‘The young man saw himself in the mirror behind the bar.’
    • ‘She stood up, and took a quick look at herself in the full length mirror on her wall.’
    • ‘The driver's side mirror is often adjusted manually outside the car.’
    • ‘There was a mirror in my room, a tiny square of smoky glass.’
    • ‘My jaws dropped slightly as I saw the bathroom mirror was smashed to pieces.’
    • ‘She checks her rear view mirrors, but she does not check the door.’
    • ‘Sam looked dubiously at the large oval mirror on the desk, as Ryan set blue candles around it.’
    • ‘He pulled on his jeans and looked into the 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’
      • ‘As an accurate mirror of the society it serves, that is to be expected.’
      • ‘These representations are complex mirrors for western selves in specific historical moments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because of this twist, the second act is a distorted mirror of the first act, taking place on a similar weekend two years later.’
      • ‘The world is a mirror representing the divine 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.’
      • ‘This executive branch of government never functions as accurate and honest mirrors of the president.’
      reflection, twin, double, exact likeness, image, replica, copy, clone, match, parallel
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    2. 1.2Computing A site on a network that stores some or all of the contents from another site.
      • ‘As a mirror site for the Central Institute of Technology, New Zealand, the site includes around 25 courseware packages published by them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are currently eleven hosts listed that are said to have deleted the site or refused to carry mirrors of it.’
      • ‘For example, if a file becomes corrupted, the system can locate a copy on a mirror site and replace the damaged file.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1(of a reflective surface) show a reflection of.

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

/ˈmirər//ˈmɪrər/