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 Rizzotti — who uses century-old machinery in some of the steps to process his rice — gets animated talking about the purity of his rice under a microscope. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Such a vaccine could tackle all coronaviruses, named for their crown-like appearance under a microscope. Erin Prater, Fortune, 10 July 2022 Its top bib was made of intricate white lace like the veins of a petal under a microscope. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 Its top bib was made of intricate white lace like the veins of a petal under a microscope. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 5 July 2022 Through the microscope, the yeast resembled dish soap suds. James Dinneen, Wired, 8 Jan. 2022 However, bonds have much less downside risk, and that’s the argument for holding some even when interest rates must be viewed through a microscope. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 He was inspired, in part, by the work of 19th-century Scottish botanist Robert Brown, who in 1827 reported the bizarre dance of pollen grains in a quiescent water droplet viewed through a microscope. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 7 Oct. 2021 Everything from addiction to infidelity, to intersectionality, is explored via accounts from people with firsthand experience and segments that expertly illustrate the topic under the microscope. Essence, 13 July 2022 See More

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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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28 Jul 2022

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“Microscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microscope. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for microscope

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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