: a device that utilizes a flash tube for high-speed illumination (as in photography)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the storm rolls east out of the mountains and onto the prairie, the strobe of cloud-to-cloud lightning above Haystack Butte brightens its dramatic pinnacle and steep sides for an instant. Noah Davis, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2022 Their jostling often breaks out into bold physical displays during which their colors change like the light pattern of a strobe. Discover Magazine, 2 June 2017 For example, a strobe setting may be critical for joggers and cyclists looking for greater visibility. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2023 For even less, writer Louryn Strampe recommends the 900-lumen Anker Rechargeable Bolder ($30), which even has a strobe function. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 26 Jan. 2023 Among her must-have accessories this semester is a heavy flashlight with a strobe function that doubles as a baton. Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBC News, 9 Jan. 2023 Some of the displays have flashing lights, but there are no strobe effects here. Kayla Samoy, Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 Creators Matt and Ross Duffer love to stage a strobe-light showdown, a hundred glitterbulbs twinkling while synth thrums approximate the visceral experience of a telekinetic punk-rock nosebleed. Darren Franich,, 5 July 2022 To a person with radio vision, the sky would light up several times a minute with strobe-like flashes originating from places unknown. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 5 July 2013 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'strobe.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History


by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strobe was in 1942

Dictionary Entries Near strobe

Cite this Entry

“Strobe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a device that produces a very brief strong flash of light (as for photography) and that can be used repeatedly

More from Merriam-Webster on strobe

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

What Did You Just Call Me?

  • brown chihuahua sitting on the floor with squinting eyes looking at the camera
  • Before we went to her house, Hannah told us her aunt was a flibbertigibbet.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?