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

Examples of macroscopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, being able to identify the causal links between workplace biases and individual behaviors can also guide the design of interventions and forecast their impact at the macroscopic level. Paolo Gaudiano, Forbes, "Why Diversity Data Alone Can’t Measure Commitment To Diversity, Equity And Inclusion," 19 Mar. 2021 The geometry of the small dimensions determines the properties of strings and thus the macroscopic world. Quanta Magazine, "What Is a Particle?," 12 Nov. 2020 The solutions show how effective their new building block can be at modeling the behavior of matter from the micro to macroscopic scale. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "New Theory Casually Upends Space and Time," 10 Dec. 2020 At the macroscopic scale, how long an object takes to go from A to B is simply the distance divided by the object’s speed. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light," 20 Oct. 2020 To what extent the no-butterfly effect might apply in the macroscopic world of our lives is an open question, as is the degree to which the classical butterfly effect might apply in the quantum world. Nikolai Sinitsyn, Scientific American, "The Quantum Butterfly Noneffect," 21 Sep. 2020 Furthermore, collapse models say that a real macroscopic friend cannot be manipulated as a quantum system in the first place. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, "This Twist on Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox Has Major Implications for Quantum Theory," 17 Aug. 2020 Here, one arrow can flip another, distant arrow, despite their not being neighbors — an indication that the system’s macroscopic properties have detached from its microscopic details. Quanta Magazine, "The Cartoon Picture of Magnets That Has Transformed Science," 24 June 2020 In accordance with inflation, however, the incredible expansion of space should have magnified those microscopic quantum blips to macroscopic size. Brendan Z. Foster, Scientific American, "Did Galaxies Grow from Quantum Static?," 17 June 2020

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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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1 Apr 2021

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“Macroscopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 macroscopic (audio) \ adverb

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