Definition of mirror in English:

mirror

Syllabification: mir·ror
Pronunciation: /ˈmirər
 
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noun

1A reflective surface, now typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image.
More example sentences
  • As the steam in the bathroom began to vent, the mirror cleared and his image appeared before him.
  • I was in for another surprise when I saw familiar images reflected in the mirror.
  • She checks her rear view mirrors, but she does not check the door.
Synonyms
reflecting surface;
full-length mirror, hand mirror, side mirror, rear-view mirror;
chiefly British looking glass, glass
1.1Something regarded as accurately representing something else: the stage is supposed to be the mirror of life
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  • The world is a mirror representing the divine life.
  • This executive branch of government never functions as accurate and honest mirrors of the president.
  • 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.
Synonyms
reflection, twin, replica, copy, match, parallel
1.2 (also mirror site) Computing A site on a network that stores some or all of the contents from another site.
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  • For example, if a file becomes corrupted, the system can locate a copy on a mirror site and replace the damaged file.
  • Its data center in London will serve as the mirror site going forward.
  • As a mirror site for the Central Institute of Technology, New Zealand, the site includes around 25 courseware packages published by them.

verb

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1(Of a reflective surface) show a reflection of: the clear water mirrored the sky
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  • The translucent surface of the water mirrors the form of the island and the sky creating an overall aura of serenity.
  • The water's still surface perfectly mirrors the ragged spires of the aptly named Sawtooth Range stacked against the western horizon.
  • The river's glassy surface mirrors the surrounding forest in perfect detail.
1.1Correspond to: gradations of educational attainment that mirror differences in social background
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  • So the Tories are now simply mirroring what Labour did two decades ago.
  • Parents of children with congenital heart defects have already told her that her account mirrored exactly what they went through.
  • Events at the school closely mirror the political situation in Chile as a whole.
Synonyms
reflect, match, reproduce, imitate, simulate, copy, mimic, echo, parallel, correspond to
1.2 Computing Keep a copy of some or all of the contents of (a network site) at another site, typically in order to improve accessibility.
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  • If you are transferring from anonymous sites, the format is almost identical to the one used to mirror a Web site.
  • The Norwegian rappers also encourage others to mirror the original site ‘on the condition that you don't alter our content’.
  • Later, the site at SUNY was mirrored at other locations.
1.3 (usually as noun mirroring) Computing Store copies of data on (two or more hard disks) as a method of protecting it.
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  • 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.

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'.

Derivatives

mirrored

adjective
More example sentences
  • Janice answered the door in jeans and a t-shirt, looking at him through mirrored sunglasses.
  • "Oh that's a shame," he said from behind mirrored sunglasses.
  • They were wearing mirrored sunglasses so you would not see their eyes.

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