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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The engineered marble works at a different scale than traditional terrazzo, almost as if the former was placed under a microscope, with chunks of marble instead of smaller chips. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "How Terrazzo Moved Out From Under Our Feet to Absolutely Everywhere," 18 Jan. 2019 His every move will be under a microscope, scrutinized by officials under him and, soon, a House Democratic majority. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The many scandals of Trump’s new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, explained," 14 Nov. 2018 While Mark Zuckerberg has been called before Congress and the inner workings of the tech industry have been put under a microscope, no major federal legislation has been passed, leaving some to wonder whether the US government will step in at all. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Sen. Mark Warner on breaking up Facebook and Congress’ plan to regulate tech," 5 Nov. 2018 And while male candidates’ flaws seem to be glanced at with bleary-eyed nonchalance, women’s are examined with a microscope. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why It's Impossible to Be a Likeable Female Politician," 11 Jan. 2019 Other promising research employs a powerful new microscope to spot cancer at its earliest stage — before a tumor has developed. Claire Altschuler, chicagotribune.com, "Racing against cancer: New efforts to save lives with early detection," 21 May 2018 Fraser, who regularly gives presentations on innovation in Silicon Valley, remembers coming of age during a time when strong women like Anita Hill, Marcia Clark, and Hillary Clinton landed under the harshest glare of a microscope. Jenna Birch, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Secret Code to Success Most Women Don't Even Know Exists," 3 Apr. 2019 David Brenner, at microscope, and Manuela Buonanno, right, and David Welch study human skin tissue to see if it is damaged by exposure to a type of ultraviolet light that kills the flu virus. WSJ, "New Ideas to Fight the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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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