stroboscope: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (strō'bu-skōp", strob'u-), [key]
— n.
  1. a device for studying the motion of a body, esp. a body in rapid revolution or vibration, by making the motion appear to slow down or stop, as by periodically illuminating the body or viewing it through widely spaced openings in a revolving disk.
    1. Also calledstrobe, strobe light, stro&prim;boscop&prim;ic lamp&prim;.a lamp capable of producing an extremely short, brilliant burst of light, for synchronization with a camera having a high shutter speed, in order to photograph a rapidly moving object, as a bullet, for such a short duration that it will appear to be standing still.
    2. the device and equipment for holding and firing such a lamp.
  2. such a lamp used for creating special lighting effects, as in a theater or discotheque or at a rock concert.
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