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light microscope


microscope consisting of an optical instrument that magnifies the image of an object


artifact noun (man-made objects)


light microscopes

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Princeton WordNet

Definition references  (+images)


Optical microscope | light microscope

a type of microscope which uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify images of small samples. Optical microscopes are the oldest design of microscope and were possibly designed in their present compound form in the 17th century. Basic... (41 of 5024 words, 12 images)

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Random House Dictionary:

microscope | light microscope [sense-specific] | Microscope [sense-specific]

an optical instrument having a magnifying lens or a combination of lenses ... | "Microscope": [astronomy] the constellation Microscopium. (18 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

microscope [instrument]

instrument that produces enlarged images of small objects, allowing the observer an exceedingly close view of minute structures at a scale convenient ... (22 of 1236 words, 17 images)


Collins Dictionary:


an optical instrument that uses a lens or combination of lenses to produce ... | any instrument, such as the electron microscope, for producing a ... (24 of 432 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

microscope | under the microscope

an optical instrument used for viewing very small objects, such as mineral ... | "under the microscope" : being subjected to critical examination or ... (23 of 89 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)



microscope | especially [synonym, sense-specific]

an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects ; especially, "compound microscope" | ... (22 of 85 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

microscope [countable] | microscopes [plural] | under the microscope

a piece of equipment for looking at things that are too small to see normally | "under the microscope": if someone or something is under the ... (25 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:


An optical instrument that uses a lens or a combination of lenses to ... | An instrument, such as an electron microscope, that uses electronic or ... (25 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:


an instrument consisting essentially of a lens or combination of lenses, for making very small objects, as microorganisms, look larger so that they ... (23 of 38 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


a device that uses lenses to make very small objects look larger, so that they can be scientifically examined and studied (21 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)



microscope | microscopes [plural]

An optical instrument used for observing small objects. | Any instrument for imaging very small objects (such as an electron microscope). (20 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

microscope | electron microscope | field-emission microscope | field-ion microscope | magnifying glass | phase-contrast microscope | television microscope | ultramicroscope

optical instrument used to increase the apparent size of an object. (11 of 13 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

microscope | microscopes [plural]

a device that uses a lens or system of lenses to produce a greatly magnified image of an object. An optical microscope uses transmitted or reflected ... (26 of 60 words, pronunciation)

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