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Origin of strobe
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What does strobe mean?
Strobe is another name for a strobe light—a type of specialized lamp that produces a continuous series of short, bright flashes of light.
Strobe can also be used as a verb meaning to flash in such a way.
The kind of rapid flashing produced by a strobe light (called strobe lighting) has the effect of seeming to freeze the movement of things in motion. This happens because the thing that’s moving—such as a person dancing—is only lit up for a fraction of a second.
Strobe lights are associated with their use at concerts, raves, and dance clubs, but they also have technical uses in photography. Because strobes produce very short, extremely bright bursts of light, they can be used in conjunction with a camera to photograph a rapidly moving object, such as a bullet, for such a short duration that it will appear to be standing still in the resulting photo. Strobes also have other scientific uses involving the measurement of vibration and other types of high-speed motion.
Strobes look like they’re just flashing on and off, but this effect is usually produced by an electric discharge in a gas or a disc that rotates in front of a light source.
Example: I hate going to concerts that use strobes—I end up having to close my eyes most of the time to shield them from the bright flashes.
Where does strobe come from?
Strobe is a relatively recent word. The first records of the word come from around the 1940s. It’s a shortening of the word stroboscopic, the first part of which comes from the Greek strobos, meaning “a twisting” or “a whirling.” (The term stroboscopic is used in terms like stroboscopic lamp and stroboscopic microscope.)
Strobe lights might look cool, but they can cause seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. They can also cause discomfort in people with sensitivity to light. Some TV shows and movies show a warning before they start informing viewers that strobe effects will be used.
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How is strobe used in real life?
Strobes are closely associated with their use in lighting effects for concerts and raves, but they also have technical and scientific uses.
Us: we would like steady red and green lights during our set please.
Lighting directors: ok so strobes, movers, haze, orange lights, lasers, 60 black out? Got it.
— vincent bennett: filthy casual (@xDIAMONDCUTx) November 9, 2019
Artists really need to remember that people with epilepsy might want to go to their shows. All these strobe/flashing lights are really dangerous and I don’t see enough people talking about it
— Katie △⃒⃘ (@katietano) February 22, 2019
Weirdest power outage I've ever experienced here in Newport Beach. Everything is dark in the neighborhood, yet all the GFI breakers in the house keep snapping on and off. Killed our power at the main breaker to be safe. Random houses have outside lights strobing on and off.
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) December 2, 2018
Try using strobe!
Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to describe the lighting effect produced by a strobe?
Example sentences from the Web for strobe
The strobe lights in the cardboard bleachers flash and after a second take Coco nails her walk and gets whisked away for a nap.
Camera flashes from both onstage guests and the audience shutter like strobe lights.Paris Hilton's Trippy Los Angeles Release Party For Her Single With Lil Wayne|Jean Trinh|October 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
En route to our Budapest wedding, he was on the phone urging Strobe Talbot to “start the bombing.”
He lit them with two strobe lights, and made these portraits.