mac·​ro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌma-krə-ˈskä-pik \

Definition of macroscopic

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

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macroscopically \ -​pi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Is ball lightning a macroscopic fundamental particle? Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A Novelist in Awe of Physics," 16 Aug. 2018 Another exciting aspect of relativistic astronomy is that humankind can directly test the principles of special relativity using macroscopic measurements for the first time. Scientific American, "Astronomy at the Speed of Light," 3 July 2018 Dancing droplets Instead of dissolving into the fluid bath underneath them, the droplets bounce like tennis balls on a sensuously flexible trampoline, emulating the behavior of electrons in quantum mechanics, but on a macroscopic scale. Steven Litt,, "Tauba Auerbach show at MOCA Cleveland melds art, physics (photos)," 15 Apr. 2018 Quantum theory allows tiny things like atoms or photons to be in two places at once, but nobody has ever seen such behavior in a macroscopic material object. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Weird vibrations poised to control quantum computers," 14 Mar. 2018 In 1996, Mirkin and three colleagues published a paper announcing their invention of a method for programming DNA to build nanoparticles up into macroscopic materials. Kastalia Medrano, Newsweek, "New Class of Light-Bending Material Spun With DNA and Gold Nanoparticles Can Achieve First Real-Life Invisibility Cloak," 19 Jan. 2018 Tilling rips apart soil networks of fungi including mycorrhizae and colonies of microscopic creatures, as well as killing some earthworms and other macroscopic creatures. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "New to gardening in the Treasure Valley? Here are some tips," 14 Feb. 2018 Widely known for his close-up images of human and animal eyes, Manvelyan brings a sense of a wonder to all of his photography projects—from macroscopic portraits to faraway galaxies glistening above historic ruins. Melissa Wiley, Smithsonian, "Star-Studded Photos Reveal the Beauty of Armenia’s Ancient Landscapes," 20 Sep. 2017 To develop these tools, Sirbuly has been working with various materials to find the right combination that can both respond to these microscopic forces and somehow relay the information up to the macroscopic world., "Optical nanofiber can 'hear' bacteria swim, cancer cells move," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of macroscopic

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for macroscopic

International Scientific Vocabulary macr- + -scopic (as in microscopic)

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mac·​ro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌmak-rə-ˈskäp-ik \

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 \ adverb

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to gather or build up little by little

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