Definition of reflector in English:


Line breaks: re|flect¦or
Pronunciation: /rɪˈflɛktə


1A piece of glass or metal for reflecting light in a required direction, e.g. a red one on the back of a motor vehicle or bicycle.
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  • Screw the reflector onto the light socket.
  • He did not have a light or reflectors on his bicycle.
  • ‘It had fangs like tusks,’ he said, ‘eyes as red as bicycle reflectors, reflecting light from the moon, the house… everywhere!’
1.1An object or device which reflects radio waves, seismic vibrations, sound, or other waves.
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  • Rocks are generally very efficient reflectors of sound waves and thus contribute significantly to reverberation; slabs of polished marble in particular have mirror-like properties in this respect.
  • Generally, the areas in the western Rockall Trough are characterized by seismic reflectors displaying truncation and convergence with zones of exposed and highly reflective seafloor.
  • Since they are kept at different angles, the pots serve as sound reflectors.
1.2A reflecting telescope.
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  • Monty mounted the reflector telescope with an equatorial mount on a concrete pedestal, to give it a solid foundation.
  • The reflector telescope that Newton designed opened the door to magnifying objects millions of times - far beyond what could ever be obtained with a lens.
  • By 1789, Herschel had built a 12-metre reflector, the largest telescope of its day.

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