Definitions for macroscopicˌmæk rəˈskɒp ɪk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mac•ro•scop•icˌmæk rəˈskɒp ɪk(adj.)
visible to the naked eye.
Ref: Compare microscopic (def. 1). 1
pertaining to large units; comprehensive.
Origin of macroscopic:
visible to the naked eye; using the naked eye
large enough to be visible with the naked eye
Visible to the unassisted eye.
alt. of Macroscopical
The macroscopic scale is the length scale on which objects or phenomena are large enough to be visible practically with the naked eye, without magnifying devices. When applied to physical phenomena and bodies, the macroscopic scale describes things as a person can directly perceive them, without the aid of magnifying devices. This is in contrast to observations or theories of objects of geometric lengths smaller than perhaps some hundreds of micrometers. A macroscopic view of a ball is just that: a ball. A microscopic view could reveal a thick round skin seemingly composed entirely of puckered cracks and fissures or, further down in scale, a collection of molecules in a roughly spherical shape. Classical mechanics may describe the interactions of the above mentioned ball. It can be considered a mainly macroscopic theory. On the much smaller scale of atoms and molecules, classical mechanics may not apply, and the interactions of particles is then described by quantum mechanics. As another example, near the absolute minimum of temperature, the Bose–Einstein condensate exhibits elementary quantum effects on macroscopic scale.
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