mirror

[mir-er]
noun
1.
a reflecting surface, originally of polished metal but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing.
2.
such a surface set into a frame, attached to a handle, etc., for use in viewing oneself or as an ornament.
3.
any reflecting surface, as the surface of calm water under certain lighting conditions.
4.
Optics. a surface that is either plane, concave, or convex and that reflects rays of light.
5.
something that gives a minutely faithful representation, image, or idea of something else: Gershwin's music was a mirror of its time.
6.
a pattern for imitation; exemplar: a man who was the mirror of fashion.
7.
a glass, crystal, or the like, used by magicians, diviners, etc.
verb (used with object)
8.
to reflect in or as if in a mirror.
9.
to reflect as a mirror does.
10.
to mimic or imitate (something) accurately.
11.
to be or give a faithful representation, image, or idea of: Her views on politics mirror mine completely.
adjective
12.
Music. (of a canon or fugue) capable of being played in retrograde or in inversion, as though read in a mirror placed beside or below the music.
Idioms
13.
with mirrors, by or as if by magic.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English mirour < Old French mireo(u)r, equivalent to mir- (see mirage) + -eo(u)r < Latin -ātor -ator

mirrorlike, adjective
unmirrored, adjective

mere, mère, mirror.


6. model, epitome, paradigm.
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mirror (ˈmɪrə)
 
n
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
 
vb
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 mīrārī to wonder at]
 
'mirror-like
 
adj

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mirror
early 13c., from O.Fr. mireor "a reflecting glass," earlier miradoir (11c.), from mirer "look at," from V.L. *mirare, from L. mirari "to wonder at, admire" (see miracle). Fig. usage is attested from c.1300. The verb meaning "to reflect" is first attested 1820 in Keats's
"Lamia." Related: Mirrored; mirroring. 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.
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mirror   (mĭr'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
An object that causes light or other radiation to be reflected from its surface, with little or no diffusion. Common mirrors consist of a thin sheet or film of metal, such as silver, behind or covering a glass pane. Mirrors are used extensively in telescopes, microscopes, lasers, fiber optics, measuring instruments, and many other devices. See more at reflection.
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mirror definition


1. Writing duplicate data to more than one device (usually two hard disks), in order to protect against loss of data in the event of device failure. This technique may be implemented in either hardware (sharing a disk controller and cables) or in software. It is a common feature of RAID systems.
Several operating systems support software disk mirroring or disk-duplexing, e.g. Novell NetWare.
See also Redundant Array of Independent Disks.
Interestingly, when this technique is used with magnetic tape storage systems, it is usually called "twinning".
A less expensive alternative, which only limits the amount of data loss, is to make regular backups from a single disk to magnetic tape.
2. mirror site.
(1998-06-11)
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Example sentences
Researchers have found the clearest evidence yet for a superconducting state
  that differs from its mirror image.
As a result, the flow of the preferred molecule across the film was five times
  as fast as that of its undesirable mirror image.
There's also an image of her bare backside, taken as she looks into a mirror.
Enlargement fatigue has a mirror image: apathy and resentment.
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