from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Instrument for studying or observing periodic movement by rendering a moving body visible only at regular intervals.
- n. A lamp that produces short bursts of light that synchronizes with a camera shutter for photographing fast-moving objects; A photo made by such a machine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for studying or observing the successive phases of a periodic or varying motion by means of light which is periodically interrupted.
- n. An optical toy similar to the phenakistoscope. See Phenakistoscope.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument used in the study of the periodic motion of a body, as one in rapid revolution or vibration, by illuminating it at frequent intervals (for example, by electric sparks or by a beam of light made intermittent by passing through a moving perforated plate), or again by viewing it through the openings of a revolving disk: also used as a toy. The phenakistoscope and zoëtrope represent one form of stroboscope.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. scientific instrument that provides a flashing light synchronized with the periodic movement of an object; can make moving object appear stationary
Greek strobos, a whirling; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots + -scope.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek στρόβος ("twisting, whirling") + -scope. (Wiktionary)