[strohb]Photography Informal.
See more synonyms for strobe on
  1. stroboscopic.

Origin of strobe

First recorded in 1940–45; shortened form Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for strobe

searchlight, strobe, stroboscope

Examples from the Web for strobe

Contemporary Examples of strobe

Historical Examples of strobe

British Dictionary definitions for strobe


  1. to give the appearance of arrested or slow motion by using intermittent illumination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.