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Any of various instruments used to observe moving objects by making them appear stationary, especially with pulsed illumination or mechanical devices that intermittently interrupt observation.

[Greek strobos, a whirling; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots + -scope.]

stro′bo·scop′ic (-skŏp′ĭk) adj.
stro′bo·scop′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Electronics) an instrument producing a flashing light, the frequency of which can be synchronized with some multiple of the frequency of rotation, vibration, or operation of an object, etc, making it appear stationary. It is used to determine speeds of rotation or vibration, or to adjust objects or parts. Sometimes shortened to: strobe
2. (Photography) a similar device synchronized with the opening of the shutter of a camera so that a series of still photographs can be taken of a moving object
[C19: from strobo-, from Greek strobos a twisting, whirling + -scope]
stroboscopic, ˌstroboˈscopical adj
ˌstroboˈscopically adv


(ˈstroʊ bəˌskoʊp, ˈstrɒb ə-)

1. a device for studying the motion of a body, esp. a body revolving or vibrating rapidly, by making the motion appear to slow down or stop, as by periodically illuminating the body.
[1830–40; < Greek stróbo(s) action of whirling + -scope]
stro`bo•scop′ic (-ˈskɒp ɪk) stro`bo•scop′i•cal, adj.
stro•bos•co•py (strəˈbɒs kə pi) n.
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Noun1.stroboscope - scientific instrument that provides a flashing light synchronized with the periodic movement of an object; can make moving object appear stationary
scientific instrument - an instrument used by scientists


[ˈstrəʊbəskəʊp] Nestroboscopio m


nStroboskop nt
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