microscope

noun
mi·​cro·​scope | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp How to pronounce microscope (audio) \

Definition of microscope

1 : an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects especially : compound microscope
2 : a non-optical instrument (such as one using radiations other than light or using vibrations) for making enlarged images of minute objects an acoustic microscope

Examples of microscope in a Sentence

Students viewed the crystals through a microscope.

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Scientists work around this problem by using thin sheets of light to illuminate cells with a piece of complex technology called a lattice light sheet microscope. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Mapped Entire Brains at Nanoscale For This Psychadelic Visualization," 18 Jan. 2019 The most recent microscope harnessed by doctors may thus launch a whole new field of nano-diagnosis. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 From her controversial royal divorce from Prince Andrew to her complicated friendship with Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson spent decades living under an unforgiving microscope. Nancy Collins, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson: Diana, the Queen and I," 12 Oct. 2018 At the Rubenstein Arts Center on Duke University’s campus, an image from a microscope makes an alien landscape out of the knobby, radial symmetry of a sea urchin skeleton. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 July 2018 After eight years of waiting, the World Cup spotlight, the microscope, will be Qatar’s alone, with all that entails. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 On Thursday, during the first week of the course, students took apart plastic hearts, lungs and other body parts from an anatomy model and studied tissue under microscopes. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA program paves way for health professionals from medically underserved communities," 15 June 2018 Entrupy is an app that uses a handheld microscope camera that can detect whether a designer item is fake or not. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Is that handbag designer or fake? Now there's an app for that," 7 June 2018 The scanning probe microscope is, quite literally, the sharpest object ever made. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Scientists Are Using AI to Painstakingly Assemble Single Atoms," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of microscope

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for microscope

New Latin microscopium, from micr- + -scopium -scope

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The first known use of microscope was in 1648

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microscope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of microscope

: a device used for producing a much larger view of very small objects so that they can be seen clearly

microscope

noun
mi·​cro·​scope | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp How to pronounce microscope (audio) \

Kids Definition of microscope

: an instrument with one or more lenses used to help a person to see something very small by making it appear larger

microscope

noun
mi·​cro·​scope | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp How to pronounce microscope (audio) \

Medical Definition of microscope

1 : an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects especially : compound microscope — see light microscope, phase-contrast microscope, polarizing microscope, reflecting microscope, ultraviolet microscope
2 : an instrument using radiations other than light or using vibrations for making enlarged images of minute objects an acoustic microscope — see electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, x-ray microscope

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