Angle of reflection


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angle of reflection

[′aŋ·gəl əv ri′flek·shən]
(physics)
The angle between the direction of propagation of a wave reflected by a surface and the line perpendicular to the surface at the point of reflection. Also known as reflection angle.

Angle of reflection

The angle that a reflected ray of light makes with the surface that is reflecting it. The angle of reflection is the same as the angle of incidence.
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