- Also called strobe light. stroboscope(def 2a).
Origin of strobe
Examples 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.‘The Puppy Bowl’: The Super Bowl’s Fiercest Rival
February 2, 2014
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
October 9, 2013
En route to our Budapest wedding, he was on the phone urging Strobe Talbot to “start the bombing.”My Husband—Richard Holbrooke
January 17, 2011
He lit them with two strobe lights, and made these portraits.An '80s Art Flashback
October 29, 2009
- to give the appearance of arrested or slow motion by using intermittent illumination
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.
- A strobe light.
- A stroboscope.
- 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.