from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A microscope, capable of a magnification factor of 5 × 106 and a resolution of 2 angstroms, that provides a map of the atoms on the surface of an object by measuring the attractive and repulsive forces arising between a tiny probe drawn along the surface and the atoms on that surface.
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- noun physics A device used to
mapthe atomic structureof a surfaceby measuring the force acting on the very fine tipof a wiremoved over the surface
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