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[strohb]Photography Informal.
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  1. Also called strobe light. stroboscope(def 2a).
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  1. stroboscopic.
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Origin of strobe

First recorded in 1940–45; shortened form
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  1. short for strobe lighting, stroboscope
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  1. to give the appearance of arrested or slow motion by using intermittent illumination
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Word Origin and History for strobe


1942, shortening of stroboscope "instrument for studying motion by periodically interrupted light" (1896), from Greek strobos "act of whirling" + -scope.

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strobe in Science


  1. A strobe light.
  2. A stroboscope.
  3. A spot of higher than normal intensity in the sweep of an indicator on a scanning device, as on a radar screen, used as a reference mark for determining the position or distance of the object scanned or detected.
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