Reflective vs Mirror - What's the difference?

reflective | mirror |


As a adjective reflective

is something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.

As a noun mirror is

a smooth surface, usually made of glass with reflective material painted on the underside, that reflects light so as to give an image of what is in front of it.

As a verb mirror is

of an event, activity, behaviour, etc, to be identical to, to be a copy of.

reflective

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Something which reflects, or redirects back to the source.
  • Mirrors are reflective .
  • Thinking back on the past.
  • He always becomes reflective in preparation for the new year.
  • (computing, programming) Involving reflection.
  • Derived terms

    * unreflective

    Coordinate terms

    * refractive

    mirror

    English

    (wikipedia mirror)

    Alternative forms

    * mirrour (obsolete)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A smooth surface, usually made of glass with reflective material painted on the underside, that reflects light so as to give an image of what is in front of it.
  • I had a look in the mirror to see if the blood had come off my face.
    We could see the lorry in the mirror , so decided to change lanes.
  • (figuratively) an object, person, or event that reflects or gives a picture of another.
  • His story is a mirror into the life of orphans growing up.
  • * Spenser
  • O goddess, heavenly bright, / Mirror of grace and majesty divine.
  • (computing) An exact copy of a data set, especially a website.
  • Although the content had been deleted from his blog, it was still found on some mirrors .
  • A mirror carp.
  • Synonyms

    * (reflecting surface) glass (old-fashioned), looking glass (old-fashioned)

    Derived terms

    * do with mirrors * half-silvered mirror * magic mirror * mirror image * one-way mirror * rear-view mirror * two-way mirror

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • Of an event, activity, behaviour, etc, to be identical to, to be a copy of.
  • He tried to mirror Elvis's life. He copied his fashion and his mannerisms, and even went to live in (Graceland).
  • (computing) To create something identical to (a web site, etc.).
  • To reflect.
  • See also

    * cheval glass * looking glass