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reflector

[ri-flek-ter] /rɪˈflɛk tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that reflects.
2.
a body, surface, or device that reflects light, heat, sound, or the like.
4.
a substance, as graphite or heavy water, used to prevent the escape of neutrons from the core of a nuclear reactor.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; reflect + -or2
Related forms
nonreflector, noun
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  • Roasting is cooking before a clear fire, with a reflector to concentrate the heat.
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  • Your laser beam will be reflected in a way only an artificial laser reflector can.
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  • Fortunately here, the white wall served as a perfect reflector.
  • Create a solar reflector with cardboard and aluminum foil.
British Dictionary definitions for reflector

reflector

/rɪˈflɛktə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that reflects
2.
a surface or object that reflects light, sound, heat, etc
3.
a small translucent red disc, strip, etc, with a reflecting backing on the rear of a road vehicle, which reflects the light of the headlights of a following vehicle
4.
another name for reflecting telescope
5.
part of an aerial placed so as to increase the forward radiation of the radiator and decrease the backward radiation
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Word Origin and History for reflector
n.

also reflecter, 1660s, agent noun in Latin form from reflect. As an attachment to a vehicle, etc., from 1909. As a type of telescope, 1767.

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reflector in Medicine

reflector re·flec·tor (rĭ-flěk'tər)
n.
A surface that reflects light, heat, or sound.

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