stro·​bo·​scope | \ ˈstrō-bə-ˌskōp How to pronounce stroboscope (audio) \

Definition of stroboscope

: an instrument for determining the speed of cyclic motion (such as rotation or vibration) that causes the motion to appear slowed or stopped: such as
a : a revolving disk with holes around the edge through which an object is viewed
b : a device that uses a flashtube to intermittently illuminate a moving object
c : a cardboard disk with marks to be viewed under intermittent light

Examples of stroboscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using a stroboscope to generate extremely brief bursts of light, Massachusetts Institute of Technology electrical engineering professor Harold Edgerton photographed this splash made by a drop of milk in 1957. Scientific American, "How the Motion of a Milk Drop Was Captured in 1957," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stroboscope

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stroboscope

Greek strobos whirling + International Scientific Vocabulary -scope

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“Stroboscope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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