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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
mir•ror /ˈmɪrɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- a reflecting surface, usually of glass with a silvery backing:looked in the mirror to comb her hair.
- something that gives a faithful representation of something else:music that was a mirror of its time.
- to reflect as if in a mirror:The grey sea mirrored the rainy sky.
- to show or imitate:The poll's findings mirror the opinions of many Americans.
(mir′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- 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 frame, attached to a handle, etc., for use in viewing oneself or as an ornament.
- any reflecting surface, as the surface of calm water under certain lighting conditions.
- Opticsa surface that is either plane, concave, or convex and that reflects rays of light.
- something that gives a minutely faithful representation, image, or idea of something else:Gershwin's music was a mirror of its time.
- a pattern for imitation;
exemplar:a man who was the mirror of fashion.
- a glass, crystal, or the like, used by magicians, diviners, etc.
- Idiomswith mirrors, by or as if by magic.
- to reflect in or as if in a mirror.
- to reflect as a mirror does.
- to mimic or imitate (something) accurately.
- to be or give a faithful representation, image, or idea of:Her views on politics mirror mine completely.
- Music and Dance(of a canon or fugue) capable of being played in retrograde or in inversion, as though read in a mirror placed beside or below the music.
- Latin -ātor -ator
- Old French mireo(u)r, equivalent. to mir- (see mirage) + -eo(u)r
- Middle English mirour 1175–1225
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged model, epitome, paradigm.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mirror /ˈmɪrə/ n
- a surface, such as polished metal or glass coated with a metal film, that reflects light without diffusion and produces an image of an object placed in front of it
- such a reflecting surface mounted in a frame
- any reflecting surface
- a thing that reflects or depicts something else: the press is a mirror of public opinion
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French from mirer to look at, from Latin mīrārī to wonder at
- (transitive) to reflect, represent, or depict faithfully: he mirrors his teacher's ideals