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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mirror image
▪ The situation is a mirror image of the one Republicans faced 25 years ago.
mirror site
one-way mirror
rearview mirror
side-view mirror
Trinity Mirror plc
two-way mirror
wing mirror
▪ The driving mirror is first and foremost an image: a self-reflexive representation or, in psychoanalytic terms, a narcissistic identification.
▪ He watched in the driving mirror.
▪ In the driving mirror I saw the driver of the estate-car was growing restive.
▪ The driver may also arrange a mirror additional to the driving mirror so that the speechreading passenger sitting next to him sees his face.
▪ Then I looked in my driving mirror and saw a girl I decided must be you.
▪ She looked up and found Alain's eyes on her, the dark gaze studying her through the driving mirror.
▪ I saw him in the driving mirror.
▪ He'd been adjusting the driving mirror and he'd only taken his eyes off the road for a moment.
▪ The remnants of the large antique mirror lay shattered around her feet.
▪ Susan was twenty-two, a computer operator in a large mirror company in an industrial park near their apartment.
▪ A large mirror above the basin revealed to Ludens at intervals the progress of his toil.
▪ A large mahogany mirror hung over the buffet.
▪ Manningham perched on a black leather stool by a well-stocked bar with a large mirror behind it.
▪ There is a large wall-size mirror, plush carpet, a leather chair and warm lighting.
▪ When handling or putting up large mirrors, it is essential to have help.
▪ Above this was a large rectangular mirror in a gilt frame.
▪ I looked into the little mirror for just a moment.
▪ A puddle is a little mirror.
▪ But I can see his eyes in the little mirror.
▪ There was a cracked little mirror hanging on the wall, showing a pale man wearing a wrinkled collar.
▪ She got to her feet, checked her cap in the little mirror on the wall and marched out into her department.
▪ When she looked in the little round mirror, she saw that she wasn't falling to pieces.
▪ She watched as Dana twirled and twisted before a long mirror, making the dress shimmer with a thousand lights.
▪ I saw her staring at me in the long beveled mirror behind the bar.
▪ Just inside the foyer there was a long narrow mirror with an almost naked woman painted on it.
▪ The light came from a long mirror surrounded by unshaded bulbs.
▪ Dao Van Lat studied his naked body in the long mirror and was seized afresh with an exhilaration of awe.
▪ Get a long mirror fixed to your bathroom or bedroom wall and take a good look at yourself front way on.
▪ In his rear mirror he watched his father struggle with the doors and manhandle the basket on to the ground.
▪ He could see her in his rear mirror, standing on the pavement looking wistfully after him.
▪ His eyes continually flickered towards the rear view mirror as he monitored the Mercedes' progress with mounting apprehension.
▪ One more dazzling feature is the anti-dazzle rear view mirror.
▪ But all the time he found his eyes fixed to the rear mirror, looking for a sign of pursuit.
▪ I could see her in my rear view mirror.
▪ His eyes flickered for a second to the rear view mirror.
▪ Cobalt looked in his rear view mirror and reported that the Josephs' car and Maurin's were not far behind.
▪ Jen said, eyeing them in the rearview mirror.
▪ Happiness is your competitors disappearing in your rearview mirror.
▪ The large eyes in the rearview mirror looked away.
▪ In the rearview mirror, the eyes were searching for and not finding Wally: they were startlingly large.
▪ His livid eyes floated in the rearview mirror.
▪ In the rearview mirror, I could see him scratching at his mustache with the corner of my business card.
▪ In her rearview mirror she saw she had his attention.
▪ He kept driving up the block, giggling when he spotted Ritchie running behind him in the rearview mirror.
▪ She examined her face in the small mirror.
▪ He imagined himself telling her, and saw her tiny face falling, shattering on the sidewalk like a small mirror.
▪ She opened the bag and got out a powder compact that had a small round mirror on the inside of the lid.
▪ From his jacket pocket he took a small vanity mirror and adjusted his hair.
▪ It's a small warped mirror reflecting one of the crises of our age.
▪ She propped her handbag in her lap, took out a small mirror and carefully smoothed the swept-up sides of her hair.
▪ One day the serious little girl brought him a small mirror, much cracked.
▪ He pulled a small mirror from his pocket and held it up to me.
▪ Pinning up her wayward curls, Lissa made a face in the steam-coated bathroom mirror.
▪ In the bathroom mirror, he saw that his hair had been streaked white too.
▪ Barring the nightly message of encouragement captain Kardar stuck to his bathroom mirror, there were no instructions from the skipper.
▪ He would stand in front of the bathroom mirror in his boxer shorts and expand his chest a few times, breathing deeply.
▪ Gerald stood and looked at himself in the bathroom mirror for several minutes.
▪ Lily looked at herself in the bathroom mirror.
▪ She is staring at her throat in the bathroom mirror.
▪ On the evidence of his bathroom mirror, he looked better too.
▪ He sat with his hand mirror all day and every day.
▪ She stared at them in a hand mirror, looking angry and disturbed.
▪ She paused before the stage door and pulled a hand mirror from her purse.
▪ I reach for my hand mirror for confirmation.
▪ Next, use a hand mirror in conjunction with the wall mirror to get a back view of yourself.
▪ The curtain opened again, as if on cue, and Squirt came up behind Mulcahey with a hand mirror.
▪ I took a hand mirror and examined this wrinkle from the side, frowning to deepen it.
▪ He sat for hours staring into a hand mirror, tilting it this way and that and bending his head.
▪ But below the mirror images of arts and architecture lurks the threat of extinction - Venice is in Peril.
▪ Geschke and Warnock are mirror images of one another, right down to the silver beards.
▪ Restructured urban space and the visual arts in the modernist city were mirror images of one another.
▪ The history that Mr Gingrich teaches is a mirror image of what the left is advancing.
▪ The lakes, or water, are seldom still and blue, reflecting mirror images of the detailed hills.
▪ But now notice that what happens in the foreign market is a mirror image of what happens in the domestic market.
▪ Edward M.. Kennedy, his ideological mirror image.
▪ His eyes continually flickered towards the rear view mirror as he monitored the Mercedes' progress with mounting apprehension.
▪ One more dazzling feature is the anti-dazzle rear view mirror.
▪ I could see her in my rear view mirror.
▪ His eyes flickered for a second to the rear view mirror.
▪ Cobalt looked in his rear view mirror and reported that the Josephs' car and Maurin's were not far behind.
▪ And I wish with this high seating position that the rear view mirror wasn't so directly in my line of sight.
▪ Half an hour later, I see a blue flashing light, and matching stripes in the rear view mirror.
▪ Hedges rose to either side and the Cadillac's wing mirrors clipped against them.
▪ Bill was leaning on his cab, spitting at the wing mirror and half-heartedly polishing it with his sleeve.
▪ All the controls are easy to use, although adjusting the wing mirrors took a bit of working out.
▪ I could see in the wing mirror that my arrival had provoked some interest.
▪ Mobuto recoiled in horror, stumbling back painfully into the Studebaker's wing mirror.
▪ As the Ford charged after the Mercedes, Dunn saw in his wing mirror a spurt of tracer fire.
▪ The fork-lift truck was not fitted with either wing mirrors or a speedometer.
▪ They came down on the coach from Manchester and were delayed for an hour by a missing wing mirror.
▪ Vic glances in his rear-view mirror and smiles thinly.
▪ In the bedroom, getting her car keys off the bureau, Toni glanced into the mirror.
▪ I glance in the rear-view mirror to see other cars close behind; slowing down but then speeding up again.
▪ He had glanced in the washroom mirror and it had not been a reassuring sight.
▪ He glanced in his mirror as he reset the key.
▪ She glanced in the mirror and declared I had wrecked her eyes for the rest of the day.
▪ She glanced into the rear-view mirror, convinced that hers was the only car on this lonely road.
▪ She glanced in the rear-view mirror and saw the headlights of the traffic behind her.
▪ To help out, the second player holds up the mirror so that the first player can see his reflection.
▪ A chest of drawers held a square mirror and picture of a younger Roz in her college cap and gown.
▪ I held the mirror and the surveyor caught my light in his theodolite, many miles away.
▪ Nothing more than designer Starck holding a slightly surreal mirror to Los Angeles.
▪ She then tries to get as much as she can while a third person holds the mirror.
▪ Each girl holds a little handbag mirror in the palm of one hand, and a coiled cylinder of paper in the other.
▪ Sometimes he looked in the mirror and pulled. his lower eyelids down to see if he had anaemia.
▪ I looked into the mirror, my green eyes looking back out at me showing no emotion, no excitement at all.
▪ He looked in the mirror and could see a gout of her smoker's phlegm on his cheek.
▪ When I looked up into the mirror again, he was moving, crawling towards something behind him.
▪ The young fellow looked pinto the mirror, trying to find something to complain to the barber about.
▪ She did not look away from the mirror: an act of will.
▪ I looked into the mirror, searching once again into the riddle of my face.
▪ His face was reflected in the mirror, pale, the eyes open.
▪ The Gestalt reflected in the mirror is a pregnant one that will give birth to the self to come.
▪ A doppelganger is invisible except to its owner and is not reflected in a mirror.
▪ Civilization simply reflects them like a mirror.
▪ Poking my head into a cement-lined cell, I found myself reflected between greasy mirrors, a head in a grim void.
▪ Logically, Margarett, posing in her chair, should be reflected in the mirror, but she is not.
▪ Whatever nature may objectively be, it is reflected in the flawed mirror of the mind.
▪ It reflects off the cookie sheet in the same way light is reflected by a mirror.
▪ To the left of him in the mirror he could see the remains of last night's meal.
▪ In his rear-view mirror Jed saw the vial being passed round.
▪ In the mirror I could see his eyes watching his hands.
▪ For from her mirror she saw the driver's door of the Mercedes open and a tall, aristocratic man step out.
▪ In the rearview mirror, I could see him scratching at his mustache with the corner of my business card.
▪ In his shaving mirror he saw a face burned a deep brown by two weeks of fierce tropical sunshine.
▪ In the bathroom mirror, he saw that his hair had been streaked white too.
▪ Paul is standing in front of his mirror, trying on his new ruffled Mississippi gambler's shirt and straight-leg black jeans.
▪ For a moment he stood before the mirror, staring into it.
▪ He saw me standing against the mirror and stopped.
▪ I stood before the mirror in the hallway, fixing my tie, whistling.
▪ On the left side of the painting is a standing mirror with a white wood frame.
▪ Twenty minutes later she stood in front of the mirror wearing the fragile lace undies which were also the result of her impulse-buying.
▪ She paused in applying her make-up and stared reflectively at the mirror.
▪ I was staring at a wall-sized mirror when he walked into the bar.
▪ He stared into the mirror that hung above the mantelpiece.
▪ It was like staring at a magic mirror.
▪ He sat for hours staring into a hand mirror, tilting it this way and that and bending his head.
▪ I often caught myself staring into a mirror, wondering who that was staring back.
▪ She turned away from the mirror and, putting her cosmetics in a vanity bag, opened the door.
▪ He turned toward the mirror over the sofa.
▪ Lily turned to the mirror and dragged off her hat.
▪ When the drill point is just through, turn the mirror over and drill from the other side.
▪ He turned from the mirror and started to clear the table.
▪ Jane turned back to the mirror.
▪ She turned away from the mirror, having glimpsed the skull behind her own face.
▪ Dropping the robe off her shoulders, Anne turned to a full-length mirror.
▪ If you use a mirror in this way, be careful where you position it.
▪ A mirror can make things look backward. Use a mirror.
▪ The magical illusion is created using mirrors, lights and paint.
▪ He also uses gold leaf on mirrors, then paints it to get an antique look.
▪ Next, use a hand mirror in conjunction with the wall mirror to get a back view of yourself.
▪ She watched her at the mirror.
▪ He watched in the driving mirror.
▪ He watched Richard in the mirror, newly combed hair oddly neat against unshaven chin and eyes dull with tiredness.
▪ Instead she drove along side roads, following the motorway in parallel, always watching her rear-view mirror.
▪ That is, when they're not watching themselves in the mirrors, making sure that they are still up to the mark.
full-length mirror/photograph/portrait etc
▪ Dropping the robe off her shoulders, Anne turned to a full-length mirror.
▪ He put his handkerchief in his pocket, and looked into the full-length mirror on the back of the guest room door.
▪ If a full-length mirror rests on the floor with the top tilting away from you it can make you look taller.
▪ On a platform nearby, another man jumps rope before a full-length mirror while a fourth pounds a speed bag.
▪ She caught sight of her own reflection in the full-length mirror behind the wardrobe door and gave a disgusted snort.
▪ She grimaced a little as she caught sight of her own reflection in the full-length mirror.
▪ She stared at herself for some time in the full-length mirror of the attic bedroom.
▪ I saw her in the long mirror behind the bar, staring at me.
▪ She never left the house without having a quick look at herself in the hall mirror.
▪ The telescope contains a large convex mirror to collect the light.
▪ I could see in the wing mirror that my arrival had provoked some interest.
▪ It is comparable with the oddness which might visit all our outward appearances if we stopped looking in mirror.
▪ It makes even the rocks part of its dancing mirror.
▪ She turned away from the mirror and, putting her cosmetics in a vanity bag, opened the door.
▪ The Cockring consisted of several bars, smoked mirrors, strands of white lights along the walls, and a sunken dance-floor.
▪ Victor's expression mirrored her own, both of them staring in amazement.
▪ But there is a danger in the head mirroring this energising, anxiety-making delivery.
▪ Prior to 1982, unemployment among architects mirrored national trends.
▪ That mirrors the estimated national average.
▪ The directive contains requirements for the contents of prospectuses which broadly mirror those for listing particulars under the listing directive.
▪ The second day's trek mirrored the first in difficulty.
▪ These pressures often mirrored both bureaucratic rivalries and personal attitudes.
▪ To split up work into its components mirrored the intellectual tradition of calculus.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mirror \Mir"ror\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mirrored; p. pr. & vb. n. Mirroring.]

  1. To reflect, as in a mirror.

  2. To copy or duplicate; to mimic or imitate; as, the files at Project Gutenberg were mirrored on several other ftp sites around the world.

  3. To have a close resemblance to; as, his opinions often mirrored those of his wife.


Mirror \Mir"ror\, n. [OE. mirour, F. miroir, OF. also mireor, fr. (assumed) LL. miratorium, fr. mirare to look at, L. mirari to wonder. See Marvel, and cf. Miracle, Mirador.]

  1. A looking-glass or a speculum; any glass or polished substance that forms images by the reflection of rays of light.

    And in her hand she held a mirror bright, Wherein her face she often view[`e]d fair.

  2. That which gives a true representation, or in which a true image may be seen; hence, a pattern; an exemplar.

    She is mirour of all courtesy.

    O goddess, heavenly bright, Mirror of grace and majesty divine.

  3. (Zo["o]l.) See Speculum. Mirror carp (Zo["o]l.), a domesticated variety of the carp, having only three or fur rows of very large scales side. Mirror plate.

    1. A flat glass mirror without a frame.

    2. Flat glass used for making mirrors.

      Mirror writing, a manner or form of backward writing, making manuscript resembling in slant and order of letters the reflection of ordinary writing in a mirror. The substitution of this manner of writing for the common manner is a symptom of some kinds of nervous disease.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from Old French mireoir "a reflecting glass, looking glass; observation, model, example," earlier miradoir (11c.), from mirer "look at" (oneself in a mirror), "observe, watch, contemplate," from Vulgar Latin *mirare "to look at," variant of Latin mirari "to wonder at, admire" (see miracle). Figurative usage is attested from c.1300. Used in divination since classical and biblical times; mirrors in modern England are the subject of at least 14 known superstitions, according to folklorists. Belief that breaking one brings bad luck is attested from 1777. The Spanish cognate, mirador (from mirar "to look, look at, behold"), has come to mean "watch tower." Mirror ball attested from 1968.


"to reflect," 1590s, from mirror (n.). Related: Mirrored; mirroring. The Middle English verb mirouren (early 15c.) meant "to be a model" (for conduct, behavior, etc.), while miren (mid-14c., from Old French mirer) meant "to look in a mirror."


n. 1 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. 2 (context figuratively English) an object, person, or event that reflects or gives a picture of another. 3 (context computing English) An exact copy of a data set, especially a website. 4 A mirror carp. vb. 1 (context transitive English) Of an event, activity, behaviour, etc, to be identical to, to be a copy of. 2 (context computing transitive English) To create something identical to (a web site, etc.). 3 To reflect.

  1. n. polished surface that forms images by reflecting light

  2. a faithful depiction or reflection; "the best mirror is an old friend"

  1. v. reflect as if in a mirror; "The smallest pond at night mirrors the firmament above"

  2. reflect or resemble; "The plane crash in Milan mirrored the attack in the World Trade Center"


A mirror is an object that reflects light in such a way that, for incident light in some range of wavelengths, the reflected light preserves many or most of the detailed physical characteristics of the original light. This is different from other light-reflecting objects that do not preserve much of the original wave signal other than color and diffuse reflected light.

The most familiar type of mirror is the plane mirror, which has a flat screen surface. Curved mirrors are also used, to produce magnified or diminished images or focus light or simply distort the reflected image.

Mirrors are commonly used for personal grooming or admiring oneself (where they are also called looking-glasses), decoration, and architecture. Mirrors are also used in scientific apparatus such as telescopes and lasers, cameras, and industrial machinery. Most mirrors are designed for visible light; however, mirrors designed for other wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation are also used.

Mirror (disambiguation)

A mirror is an object whose surface reflects an image.

Mirror may also refer to:

Mirror (Pakistani magazine)

The Mirror of the Month, better known as the Mirror, was a popular Pakistani social magazine which ran from 1951 to 1972. Its editor, founder and publisher was Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah (or, as she was known then, Zeb-un-Nissa Hamidullah). As editor of the Mirror, Begum Hamidullah became the first woman editor in Pakistan. The Mirror was published monthly.

Mirror (Emitt Rhodes album)

Mirror is the third solo album by Emitt Rhodes with a much heavier rock approach than the debut.

Mirror (The Rapture album)

Mirror is the mini-album debut by dance-punk band The Rapture, released in 1999.

Mirror (Gackt song)

"Mirror" is a single released by Gackt on February 9, 2000. It peaked at fifth place on the Oricon weekly chart and charted for six weeks.

Mirror (multimedia project)

MIRROR is a multimedia project created by Canadian singer-songwriter Thomas Anselmi, former singer for Copyright and Slow. Formed in 2003, the project is based in Los Angeles, California, and Vancouver, Canada.

Mirror (Lil Wayne song)

"Mirror" (also known as Mirror on the Wall) is a song by American rapper Lil Wayne from the deluxe edition of his ninth studio album, Tha Carter IV. Produced by Ramon REO Owen of The Soundkillers, the song features American pop singer Bruno Mars. The song was released to urban radio on November 1, 2011 as the sixth single from Tha Carter IV. "Mirror" is Wayne's highest charting single as a lead artist in the UK, peaking at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart.

Mirror (dinghy)

The Mirror is a very popular sailing dinghy, with more than 70,000 built.

The Mirror was named after the Daily Mirror, a UK newspaper with a largely working class distribution. The Mirror was from the start promoted as an affordable boat, and as a design it has done a great deal to make dinghy sailing accessible to a wide audience. Although most popular in the UK, Mirrors are also sailed in other countries, notably Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States.

Mirror (D'espairsRay album)

Mirror is the second album released by D'espairsRay on April 11, 2007 in Japan and on June 22 of the same year in Europe. The first press limited edition release from Japan came housed in a paper case along with one of five picture cards that feature one of the band members. The album was released in America on March 18, 2008. The album is composed of new songs, previously released singles, and "Closer to Ideal", a track originally published on the bonus CD of the Liquidize photo book. The European edition comes with an additional track ("Desert", a B-side from the " Squall" single) and the music videos of "Squall" and "Trickster".

Mirror (Graham Central Station album)

Mirror is fourth album by Graham Central Station released in 1976. The album peaked at number seven on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.

Mirror (Charles Lloyd album)

Mirror is an album by jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd recorded in December 2009 and released on the ECM label.

Mirror (programming)

In computer programming, a mirror is a reflection mechanism that is completely decoupled from the object whose structure is being introspected. This is as opposed to traditional reflection, for example in Java, where one introspects an object using methods from the object itself (e.g. getClass.

Mirrors adhere to the qualities of encapsulation, stratification and ontological correspondence.

Usage examples of "mirror".

Though the level of this outrage tends to mirror party affiliation, it is safe to say that the degree of confusion over what actually happened is not limited to one party.

These were the sections which more closely mirrored conditions on the sort of mainly methane-atmosphered planets and moons the Affront preferred, and it was in these the Affront indulged their greatest passion, by going hunting.

After making appointments, writing schedules, letters, and notes that would allow our household to continue in its predictable harmony, she marked the mirror in her hotel room with an annulling X in bright red lipstick, paid her bill with cash, flirted with, the doorman, and gave a large tip to the boy who brought her the car.

In the bathroom mirror she appraised her looks, wondering if she could attract another husband at her age.

One day, appraising himself with severity in the bathroom mirror, Lefty realized that he had become one of those older men who slicked their hair back in allegiance to an era no one could remember.

In addition to the Renaissance desk and the Singer sewing machine, his equipment included a tall, narrow mirror, reaching up to the ceiling paneling, of the kind to be found in tailor shops and ballet schools.

Miranda, still not interested in Barnacle, took out her mirror and fiddled with the flowers in her hair.

Miranda put away her mirror and looked Barnacle up and down, critically but not unkindly.

We can now confirm that Basser Assad was present at Aleppo Four, apparently watching the rapings and torture from behind a two-way mirror.

The song was about past times of innocence and belief, and through it, Christa called to Melinda, trying to rekindle something of those qualities in the bassist, to mirror them to her so that she might see what she could become once again.

It was a pretty place, furnished with an assortment of furniture she had chosen for herself years ago--a small brass bedstead, a dressing table of yew and a triple mirror she had discovered in the attics.

Behind the wheel the fat photographer had begun to weep at the sight of the dark Ford growing in the rearview mirror.

Crystal shivers poured down from the chandelier, the mantelpiece mirror was cracked into stars, plaster dust flew, spent cartridges bounced over the floor, window-panes shattered, benzene spouted from the bullet-pierced primus.

There was no mirror in the passage to admire his disguise, but he could sense from the shadow of his billowing robe that he was perfect.

President handed Blitz the last page, then checked his hair in a mirror held by one of his aides.