spectroscope

noun
spec·​tro·​scope | \ ˈspek-trə-ˌskōp How to pronounce spectroscope (audio) \

Definition of spectroscope

: an instrument for forming and examining spectra especially in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum

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Other Words from spectroscope

spectroscopic \ ˌspek-​trə-​ˈskä-​pik How to pronounce spectroscope (audio) \ adjective
spectroscopically \ ˌspek-​trə-​ˈskä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spectroscope (audio) \ adverb
spectroscopist \ spek-​ˈträ-​skə-​pist How to pronounce spectroscope (audio) \ noun

Examples of spectroscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The planetary fragment at SDSS J1228 was found by examining the spectra of the star, or the breaking down of its light into constituent elements with a device called a spectroscope. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Think They've Found a Dead Planetary Core Orbiting a Dead Star," 4 Apr. 2019 Similar in design to a telescope, the spectroscope worked like a super-powered prism, dispersing light into measurable wavelengths. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Nuggets from the passing parade," 17 Aug. 2018 The Webb will include a more advanced spectroscope capable of peering even deeper into time. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Behold Hubble’s Best Image of a Distant Galaxy Yet," 19 Jan. 2018 But a bright yellow line seen through the spectroscope, initially thought to be an identifier of sodium, did not match the wavelength of sodium. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "The Illuminating Power of Eclipses," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of spectroscope

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spectroscope was in 1861

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“Spectroscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectroscope. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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spectroscope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spectroscope

technical : a device that is used to measure the properties of light

spectroscope

noun
spec·​tro·​scope | \ ˈspek-trə-ˌskōp How to pronounce spectroscope (audio) \

Medical Definition of spectroscope

: an instrument for forming and examining optical spectra

Other Words from spectroscope

spectroscopic \ ˌspek-​trə-​ˈskäp-​ik How to pronounce spectroscope (audio) \ adjective
spectroscopically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spectroscope (audio) \ adverb

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