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An instrument for ascertaining, measuring, or exhibiting the properties of polarized light or for studying the interactions of polarized light with optically transparent media.


(Chemistry) an instrument for detecting polarized light or for observing objects under polarized light, esp for detecting strain in transparent materials. See photoelasticity


(poʊˈlær əˌskoʊp, pə-)

an instrument for measuring or exhibiting the polarization of light or for examining substances in polarized light.
po•lar`i•scop′ic (-ˈskɒp ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.polariscope - an optical device used to measure the rotation of the plane of vibration of polarized lightpolariscope - an optical device used to measure the rotation of the plane of vibration of polarized light
optical device - a device for producing or controlling light
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The 40 samples that were provided were studied by 30 participants using polariscopes, microscopes and a UV lamp.
New polariscopes have been constructed which are effectively used worldwide.
Edge stress can be measured with simple polariscopes and several companies manufacture edge stress meters, either manual or automated ones.
In contemporary terminology he used in his experiments both crossed and parallel plane polariscopes, turning the test object between the polarizing devices.
Scattered light polariscopes for residual stress measurement in glass have been developed by several authors [8,9].
At the same time, when GASP permits measurement of the surface stress at the tin side of glass panels [2], the scattered light polariscope SCALP permits measurement of the stress profile through the panel thickness.