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An instrument for viewing or observing: bronchoscope.
n combining form
indicating an instrument for observing, viewing, or detecting: microscope; stethoscope.
[from New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein to look at]
-scopic adj combining form
n., v. scoped, scop•ing. n.
1. extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.: an investigation of wide scope.
2. opportunity or freedom for movement or activity: to give one's fancy full scope.
3. extent in space; a tract or area.
4. length: a scope of cable.
5. (used as a short form of microscope, periscope, radarscope, etc.)
6. Ling., Logic. the range of words or elements of an expression over which a modifier or operator has control: In “old men and women,” “old” may either take “men and women” or just “men” in its scope.
7. aim or purpose.v.t.
8. Slang. to look at or over; examine (often fol. by out).
[1525–35; < Italian scopo < Greek skopós aim, mark to shoot at; compare -scope]
a combining form meaning “instrument for viewing”: telescope.
[< New Latin -scopium < Greek -skopion, -skopeion, derivative of skopeîn to look at (akin to sképtesthai to look, view carefully; compare skeptic)]