Reflective vs Specular - What's the difference?

reflective | specular |


As adjectives the difference between reflective and specular

is that reflective is something which reflects, or redirects back to the source while specular is pertaining to mirrors; mirror-like, reflective.

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

    specular

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to mirrors; mirror-like, reflective.
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 14:
  • a perfect likeness would rather suggest a specular , and hence speculatory, phenomenon [...].
  • (medicine) Of or relating to a speculum; conducted with the aid of a speculum.
  • a specular examination
  • Assisting sight, like a lens etc.
  • * J. Philips
  • Thy specular orb / Apply to well-dissected kernels; lo! / In each observe the slender threads / Of first-beginning trees.
  • (poetic) Offering an expansive view; picturesque.
  • * 1833 , William Wordsworth, Hope Smiled :
  • Calm as the Universe, from specular towers / Of heaven contemplated by Spirits pure.
  • * Milton
  • Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount.

    Derived terms

    * despecularize * specular iron * specularity * specularize * specular stone