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Is there a word for a mirror reflecting another mirror infinitely? I.e. if two mirrors are put one against another, how would I call it (or if there is no word for it)?

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An easy way to summon up that image for most readers would be a reference to a hall of mirrors. If you want to talk about that effect, you might say hall-of-mirrors effect (though a quick Google search tells me this has specific connotations in the programming world).

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Another name given to the same thing is house of mirrors. –  onomatomaniak Oct 14 '11 at 8:24
    
Or Fun-House Mirrors. –  GEdgar Oct 14 '11 at 15:55
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Aren't funhouse mirrors more the type than make you skinny/fat/distorted/etc.? –  onomatomaniak Oct 14 '11 at 16:12
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You might say they were infinitely regressive, although that's a term generally used in logic.

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"Infinitely regressive" would be good, but I need it to be a little more poetic (sorry for not mentioning that in the question). –  Mykolas Simutis Oct 14 '11 at 8:13
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"Mise en abyme" is the French phrase but I think very usable in English poetry or prose:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mise_en_abyme

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A year late and a dollar short. I found your thread trying to remember the word. Hint of the day: it's out there.

The word we were both looking for is "recursive" or "recursion".

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Perhaps reciprocal recursive, but recursive on its own means that the mirror would create this effect alone. –  Em1 Nov 16 '12 at 21:29
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How about "mirrorrim"? Not a real word as far as I know, but don't let that stop you.

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Too bad I have to translate it to Lithuanian.. :) –  Mykolas Simutis Oct 14 '11 at 10:14
    
In laser physics we call it a resonant optical cavity, but that's not very poetic either. –  Optimal Cynic Oct 14 '11 at 10:35
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"recursive" or "recursion" doesn't really indicate the affect which is "reflection" - so... compound

Recursiflection???

Remove the prefix and compound

Cursiflection???

Remove the suffix 'sive'

Recurflection???

change the tence?

Recurflect??? Recurflected???

Drop the prefix??? (Again?) :)

Curflection???

I come up with Curflection 'the multiple images of a mirrors own reflection' OR

Re-curflection 'the repeating image of a mirrors own reflection/(Curflection)'

A slightly educated and researched guess :)

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I have to ask: since recursive does not work, why is it your starting point? Why not start with generous, or amaranthine, or Karl Marx? They don't work just as well. If a word does not fit, the solution is to drop it, not to rape it. –  RegDwigнt Jan 25 at 22:35
    
Also, do read up on all the terms you are throwing around. You can't change the tense of a noun. A noun has no tense. –  RegDwigнt Jan 25 at 22:38
    
In addition, I believe you mean "effect" not "affect". –  jbeldock Jan 26 at 5:36
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