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 macroscopically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of macroscopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Her experiments with laser cooling macroscopic objects have laid the groundwork for observing quantum behavior more easily. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 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

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Macroscopic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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

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

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to constrict the range or activity of

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