One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An instrument for studying periodic motion or determining speeds of rotation by shining a momentary bright light at intervals so that a moving object appears stationary.
- ‘He also constructed his own stroboscope and kinesiscope.’
- ‘The stroboscope creates patterns and colors by interference with the brain waves.’
- ‘Instead, he made a kind of mechanical stroboscope.’
- 1.1 A lamp made to flash intermittently, especially for this purpose.
- ‘One of these toys was a stroboscope which rotated in front of a mirror and simulated moving pictures from figures drawn in it.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek strobos ‘whirling’ + -scope.
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