from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An optical instrument that uses a lens or a combination of lenses to produce magnified images of small objects, especially of objects too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
- n. An instrument, such as an electron microscope, that uses electronic or other processes to magnify objects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An optical instrument used for observing small objects.
- n. Any instrument for imaging very small objects (such as an electron microscope).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An optical instrument, consisting of a lens, or combination of lenses, for making an enlarged image of an object which is too minute to be viewed by the naked eye.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses (in some cases mirrors also) which magnifies and thus renders visible minute objects that cannot be seen by the naked eye, or enlarges the apparent magnitude of small visible bodies, so as to render possible the examination of their texture or structure.
- n. [capitalized] A constellation. See Microscopium.
- To enlarge with or as with a microscope; examine very minutely as with a microscope: as, to microscope one's faults.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. magnifier of the image of small objects
He bought an old television picture tube and a faulty electron microscope from the university that they were going to throw out anyway.
The reason she's "under such a microscope" is because she's devisive and hyper-hypocritacal.
As glass improved, so did compound microscopes: but even the best optical microscope is limited to a magnification of about 2,000.
The artwork took 10 days using a single rabbit hair as a paint brush and a microscope is required to look at the masterpiece.
As much as the microscope is on Michael Jordan and as larger-than-life as Jordan is, D.C. is a place where he can operate without the spotlight entirely on him.
The difference between this microscope and the ordinary light microscope is enormous, like being able to read a book instead of just the title.
A crystal surface which appears completely flat in a microscope is seen with this instrument to be a plain on which atoms rise like hills in a regular pattern.
The electron microscope is based on the principle that a short coil of a suitable construction, carrying an electric current, can deflect electrons in the same way that a lens deflects light.
The 1986 Nobel Prize for Physics rewarded two radical leaps in microscope technology that finally allowed us to witness life at the atomic level.
The scanning tunneling microscope is completely new, and we have so far seen only the beginning of its development.