\ˈstrōb \

Definition of strobe 

2 : a device that utilizes a flashtube for high-speed illumination (as in photography)

3 : flashtube

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There’s a 2,400-lumen spotlight, a 100-decibel speaker, and a flashing strobe. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s new drone features swappable search and rescue accessories," 29 Oct. 2018 The Arduino allows the user to control the strobe frequency. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Extremely Cool DIY Strobing Glove Seems to Slow Down Time," 10 Nov. 2017 Fifty minutes past her expected set time, a keyboardist, drummer, and guitarist assembled on stage, cueing the songstress' overzealous fans to huddle around eight protruding stage strobes. Bianca Alysse, Billboard, "Ella Mai Wins New York City Over With Her Enchanting Concert at S.O.B.'s," 16 May 2018 Scintu blends Marc Jacobs’s Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose for a light-catching strobe. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 4 Rules of Second-Skin Blush, According to Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist and More," 28 Apr. 2018 The images strobe near-subliminal words and turn Sophie’s face into digital Silly Putty. New York Times, "The Playlist: Justin Bieber Boosts a Friend, and 14 More New Songs," 6 Apr. 2018 Technological advances have also changed the police department's squad cars, which have evolved from having a single bubble light on the top of the car to having LED strobes that transmit 100 different patterns. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retiring Glendale Police Chief Thomas Czarnyszka says policing has changed greatly in 42 years on the job," 30 May 2018 The strobe-like glare is similar to a lighthouse beam guiding ships in the distance. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwoods lodges offer a nostalgic getaway," 18 May 2018 Your July 4 questions answered However, fireworks such as sparklers, smoke, fountains, crackers, strobe, wheels and spinners are permitted, according to the Bryant Law Center. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Here are the places you can (and can't) light fireworks in Louisville," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of strobe

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strobe

by shortening & alteration

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strobe light


strobic disk

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