Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strobe light.
  • n. A stroboscope.
  • n. A spot of higher than normal intensity in the sweep of an indicator, as on a radar screen, used as a reference mark for determining distance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stroboscopic lamp, a device used to produce regular flashes of light
  • v. To flash like a stroboscopic lamp.

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

Etymologies

Shortening of stroboscope. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But I am saying that every analysis that is shortened, every corner that is cut, moves us further away from the truth until what is left is the Cliffs Notes of the news, or what I call strobe-light journalism, in which the outlines are accurate enough but we cannot really see the whole picture.

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  • When you see it with your naked eye, it may be because of sunlight flickering between the spokes of a rotating bike wheel, creating a kind of strobe effect.

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  • A lot of great information here, especially for someone like me, totally unfamiliar with this thing called a "strobe" I only have a Leica MP.

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  • Each jammer created a "strobe," an opaque wedge shape on the U.S. radar screens, so that they looked like the spokes of a wagon wheel.

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  • The "strobe" effect will make everyone in the room dizzy and sick.

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  • Valeriano said a person has to be susceptible to seizures to be affected, and people taking medication to protect against seizures are always advised to avoid things that can trigger a reaction, such as strobe lights.

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  • She admitted she got a little turned around during the routine, as the lights above her created a kind of strobe effect.

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  • chandeliers look best combined with a source of light–such as strobe lights on your knee caps.

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  • In an industrial SODO practice space, CMYK front man Ted Chen sets up a third strobe light.

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  • His roots remain in the progressive electronic club-music style known as dubstep, but there's little in Mr. Blake's most recent songs to suggest strobe lights or refracted breakbeats.

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