microscope

noun mi·cro·scope \ ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp \

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

  1. Students viewed the crystals through a microscope.

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Origin and Etymology of microscope

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



MICROSCOPE Defined for English Language Learners

microscope

noun

Definition of microscope for English Language Learners

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


MICROSCOPE Defined for Kids

microscope

noun mi·cro·scope \ ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp \

Definition of microscope for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

microscope

noun mi·cro·scope \ ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp \

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

Illustration of microscope



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