[ poh-lar-uh-skohp, puh- ]
/ poʊˈlær əˌskoʊp, pə- /

noun Optics.

an instrument for measuring or exhibiting the polarization of light or for examining substances in polarized light, often to determine stress and strain in glass and other substances.

Origin of polariscope

1820–30; < Medieval Latin polāri(s) polar + -scope

OTHER WORDS FROM polariscope

po·lar·i·scop·ic [poh-lar-uh-skop-ik, puh-] /poʊˌlær əˈskɒp ɪk, pə-/, adjectivepo·lar·i·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for polariscope

/ (pəʊˈlærɪˌskəʊp) /


an instrument for detecting polarized light or for observing objects under polarized light, esp for detecting strain in transparent materialsSee photoelasticity
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