Definitions for oscilloscopeəˈsɪl əˌskoʊp
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a device that uses a cathode-ray tube to display on a screen periodic changes in an electric quantity, as voltage or current.
oscilloscope, scope, cathode-ray oscilloscope, CRO(noun)
electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities
An electronic measuring instrument that creates a visible two-dimensional graph, on a screen, of one or more continuously varying voltages or currents.
An oscilloscope, previously called an oscillograph, and informally known as a scope, CRO, or DSO, is a type of electronic test instrument that allows observation of constantly varying signal voltages, usually as a two-dimensional graph of one or more electrical potential differences using the vertical or y‑axis, plotted as a function of time. Many signals can be converted to voltages and displayed this way. Signals are often periodic and repeat constantly so that multiple samples of a signal which is actually varying with time are displayed as a steady picture. Many oscilloscopes can also capture non-repeating waveforms for a specified time and show a steady display of the captured segment. Oscilloscopes are commonly used to observe the exact wave shape of an electrical signal. Oscilloscopes are usually calibrated so that voltage and time can be read as well as possible by the eye. This allows the measurement of peak-to-peak voltage of a waveform, the frequency of periodic signals, the time between pulses, the time taken for a signal to rise to full amplitude, and relative timing of several related signals.
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