A mirror is a glass surface backed with a metallic coating that reflects images that are in front of it. When you gaze at yourself in a mirror, your own face gazes right back at you.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" asks the evil queen in "Snow White," as she admires her reflection. Ordinary mirrors can't answer this question, but they can show you how you look in your new hat or whether you have spinach between your teeth. And the verb mirror means "reflect," as when the surface of a lake mirrors the sky.

Definitions of mirror

n polished surface that forms images by reflecting light

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car mirror
a mirror that the driver of a car can use
cheval glass
a full length mirror mounted in a frame in which it can be tilted
hand glass, hand mirror
a mirror intended to be held in the hand
glass, looking glass
a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror
pier glass, pier mirror
a large mirror between two windows
a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument
outside mirror
car mirror that reflects the view at side and behind car
rearview mirror
car mirror that reflects the view out of the rear window
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device that reflects radiation

n a faithful depiction or reflection

“the best mirror is an old friend”
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depicting, depiction, portrayal, portraying
a representation by picture or portraiture

v reflect as if in a mirror

“The smallest pond at night mirrors the firmament above”
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reflect, reverberate
to throw or bend back (from a surface)

v reflect or resemble

“The plane crash in Milan mirrored the attack in the World Trade Center”
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give evidence of the quality of

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