\ ˈstrōb \

Definition of strobe

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

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Robinson stands atop a metal grid, underneath which all the flashing strobes and moving lights huddle ready to explode. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Porter Robinson Talks Writing a 'Really Sincere Love Letter' to the Early 2000s With Virtual Self Project," 10 Apr. 2018 Between the strobe-like flashing billboards, the frisky Elmos, and the overly aggressive Nuts4Nuts hawkers, New York’s buzzing heartbeat has become a parody of itself, all chaos and no cool. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Two Very Big Reasons You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping in Midtown Manhattan," 20 Nov. 2018 The loudspeaker allows operators to remotely blast up to 10 custom recordings, and the strobe is visible from three miles away. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s new drone features swappable search and rescue accessories," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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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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