macroscopic

adjective
mac·​ro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌma-krə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce macroscopic (audio) \

Definition of macroscopic

1 : observable by the naked eye
2 : involving large units or elements

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Other Words from macroscopic

macroscopically \ ˌma-​krə-​ˈskä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce macroscopically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of macroscopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her experiments with laser cooling macroscopic objects have laid the groundwork for observing quantum behavior more easily. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "37 Women Who’ve Upended Science, Tech, and Engineering For the Better," 25 Feb. 2020 The macroscopic animals that inhabit shipwrecks are only there thanks to much smaller forms of life, said Leila Hamdan, a marine microbial ecologist at the University of Southern Mississippi. Katherine Kornei, New York Times, "Microbes Point the Way to Shipwrecks," 21 Feb. 2020 Her experiments with laser cooling macroscopic objects have laid the groundwork for observing quantum behavior more easily. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "37 Women Who’ve Upended Science, Tech, and Engineering For the Better," 25 Feb. 2020 Renormalization is a systematic way of going from a microscopic to a macroscopic picture of a physical system, latching onto the elements that affect its large-scale behavior and averaging over the rest. Quanta Magazine, "A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos," 4 Dec. 2014 Researchers have conducted macroscopic, microscopic and radiographic analyses of teeth to confirm that two of the teeth were indeed once used as beads or pendants. Fox News, "Grisly discovery: Human teeth were used as prehistoric jewelry," 13 Dec. 2019 To Bohr this would have seemed an invalid scenario — measurement, such as opening the box and looking at the cat, was for him always a macroscopic and therefore a classical process, so quantum rules would no longer apply. Quanta Magazine, "Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World," 25 June 2018 And some macroscopic signatures of the theory that might have been seen, such as cosmic strings and supersymmetry, have not shown up. Quanta Magazine, "Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?," 18 Dec. 2017 Several of the macroscopic pictures use lenticular printing to achieve a 3-D effect. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Archiving Eden’ exhibition sprouts interest with macro photos," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of macroscopic

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for macroscopic

macro- + -scopic (in microscopic)

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The first known use of macroscopic was in 1872

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29 Mar 2020

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“Macroscopic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macroscopic. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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macroscopic

adjective
mac·​ro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌmak-rə-ˈskäp-ik How to pronounce macroscopic (audio) \

Medical Definition of macroscopic

: large enough to be observed by the naked eye — compare microscopic sense 2, submicroscopic, ultramicroscopic sense 1

Other Words from macroscopic

macroscopically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce macroscopically (audio) \ adverb

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