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.
Recent Examples on the Web But too much time under the microscope can cause its own harms. Grace Huckins, Wired, "For Marginalized Groups, Being Studied Can Be a Burden," 6 Jan. 2021 Elam has been a rare bright spot on a defense that has placed UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham under the microscope and in the crosshairs. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF DC Todd Grantham enters Cotton Bowl facing uncertain future with Gators," 21 Dec. 2020 Slaoui said Covid-19 vaccine makers are currently under the microscope, with unusual public scrutiny on the daily output of a very complex manufacturing process. Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg.com, "Pfizer, U.S. Wrangle Over Vaccine Pace While Working Toward Pact," 17 Dec. 2020 Vanity Fair puts under the microscope some of the controversies already fomenting on the audio-centric app. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "A digital pandemic tops off coronavirus woes," 15 Dec. 2020 And most of them were that he was put under the microscope and challenged in a number of areas. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Worth the wait: WR Javon McKinley finally meeting expectations in fifth season at Notre Dame," 5 Dec. 2020 Next year's candidates will certainly be put under the microscope by a new generation of younger and politically engaged Peruvians. Claudia Rebaza, CNN, "'They messed with the wrong generation': How young people shook up politics in Peru," 23 Nov. 2020 Before that, Auburn reached the Final Four while under the microscope, but who can really remember all the details? Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Auburn’s ban is brilliant, but NCAA might not buy it," 23 Nov. 2020 The culture of Harbaugh’s organization that has allowed complacency to seep in and unwarranted arrogance to mushroom is now under the microscope. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Jim Harbaugh understands there is no quick fix for Michigan football. Urban Meyer could have told him," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Microscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microscope. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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microscope

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How to pronounce microscope (audio)

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

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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

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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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