stro·​bo·​scope ˈstrō-bə-ˌskōp How to pronounce stroboscope (audio)
: 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 revolving disk with holes around the edge through which an object is viewed
: a device that uses a flash tube to intermittently illuminate a moving object
: 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, 18 Apr. 2018

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Word History


Greek strobos whirling + International Scientific Vocabulary -scope

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stroboscope was in 1896

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“Stroboscope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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