mirror effect definition, mirror effect meaning | English dictionary




1    a surface, such as polished metal or glass coated with a metal film, that reflects light without diffusion and produces an image of an object placed in front of it  
2    such a reflecting surface mounted in a frame  
3    any reflecting surface  
4    a thing that reflects or depicts something else  
the press is a mirror of public opinion     
5    tr   to reflect, represent, or depict faithfully  
he mirrors his teacher's ideals     
     (C13: from Old French from mirer to look at, from Latin mirari to wonder at)  
  mirror-like      adj  

antidazzle mirror  
      n   a rear-view mirror for road vehicles that only partially reflects headlights behind  
magnetic mirror  
      n     (Physics)   a configuration of magnetic fields used to confine charged particles, as in a magnetic bottle  
mirror ball  
      n   a large revolving ball covered with small pieces of mirror glass so that it reflects light in changing patterns: used in discos and ballrooms  
mirror canon  
      n     (Music)  
1    a canon in which the parts are written as though seen in a mirror placed between them: one part or set of parts is the upside-down image of the other  
2    sometimes, less accurately, a piece that can be played backwards  
mirror carp  
      n   a variety of the common carp (Cyprinus carpio) with reduced scales, giving a smooth shiny body surface  
mirror finish  
      n   a smooth highly polished surface produced on metal by mechanical or electrolytic polishing or lapping  
mirror image  
1    an image as observed in a mirror  
2    an object that corresponds to another object in the same way as it would correspond to its image in a mirror  
mirror lens  
      n     (Photog)   a lens of long focal length in which some of the lens elements are replaced by mirrors in order to shorten its overall length and reduce its weight  
mirror symmetry  
      n   symmetry about a plane (mirror plane) that divides the object or system into two mutual mirror images  
mirror writing  
      n   backward writing that forms a mirror image of normal writing  
rear-view mirror  
      n   a mirror on a motor vehicle enabling the driver to see traffic behind him  
two-way mirror  
      n   a half-silvered sheet of glass that functions as a mirror when viewed from one side but is translucent from the other  
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large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
(metaphorically) manipulation attempt
His speech was nothing but smoke and mirrors
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
à la chandeleur, l'hiver s'en va ou prend vigueur
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