under a/the microscope

Definition of under a/the microscope

  1. :  in a state of being watched very closely Celebrities can find it difficult (to be) living under the microscope. The business has recently been put under the microscope by federal investigators.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. :  an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects

    :  compound microscope

    :  a non-optical instrument (such as one using radiations other than light or using vibrations) for making enlarged images of minute objects

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