Meaning of MICROSCOPE in English


/ ˈmaɪkrəskəʊp; NAmE -skoʊp/ noun

an instrument used in scientific study for making very small things look larger so that you can examine them carefully :

a microscope slide

The bacteria were then examined under a / the microscope .

( figurative )

In the play, love and marriage are put under the microscope .

—see also electron microscope



mid 17th cent.: from modern Latin microscopium (from micro- and -scope , from modern Latin -scopium , from Greek skopein look at).

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