What does microscope mean?

Definitions for microscope
ˈmaɪ krəˌskoʊpmi·cro·scope

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word microscope.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. microscope(noun)

    magnifier of the image of small objects

    "the invention of the microscope led to the discovery of the cell"


  1. microscope(Noun)

    An optical instrument used for observing small objects.

    Etymology: From microscopium, from μικρός + σκοπέω.

  2. microscope(Noun)

    Any instrument for imaging very small objects (such as an electron microscope).

    Etymology: From microscopium, from μικρός + σκοπέω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Microscope(noun)

    an optical instrument, consisting of a lens, or combination of lenses, for making an enlarged image of an object which is too minute to be viewed by the naked eye

    Etymology: [Micro- + -scope.]


  1. Microscope

    A microscope is an instrument used to see objects that are too small for the naked eye. The science of investigating small objects using such an instrument is called microscopy. Microscopic means invisible to the eye unless aided by a microscope. There are many types of microscopes, the most common and first to be invented is the optical microscope which uses light to image the sample. Other major types of microscopes are the electron microscope and the various types of scanning probe microscope.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Microscope

    mī′krō-skōp, n. an instrument which magnifies to the eye objects so minute as to be almost or quite undiscernible without its aid.—adjs. Microscop′ic, -al, pertaining to a microscope: made by, or as if by, a microscope: visible only by the aid of a microscope: working with, or as if with, a microscope.—adv. Microscop′ically.—ns. Mī′croscopist, one skilled in the use of the microscope; Mī′croscopy.—Binocular microscope, a microscope with two eye-pieces, for viewing an object with both eyes at once; Compound microscope, a microscope with two sets of lenses so arranged that the image formed by the lower or object glass is again magnified by the upper or eye-piece. [Gr. mikros, little, skopein, to look at.]

How to pronounce microscope?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say microscope in sign language?

  1. microscope


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of microscope in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of microscope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of microscope in a Sentence

  1. Lee Green:

    The feel is very different because obsidian has no 'bite,' if you look under the microscope at a steel scalpel edge it looks almost like a saw, it has teeth, whereas obsidian is smooth even microscopically.

  2. George Santayana:

    Whoever it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the brain with a microscope.

  3. Gerard Cote:

    The way they diagnose malaria now is with a microscope but it is with a big bench top microscope that is relatively complicated to use, takes a trained technician, and you have to have the facility for that scope in a centralized lab somewhere. So basically what we are taking is that gold standard and making it into a portable device.

  4. Bertrand Lefebvre:

    It is only when we unpacked and looked at them under the binocular [microscope], back in the laboratory in Lyon, that we could see the soft parts, their presence and identification were then confirmed by SEM (scanning electron microscope) observations and analyses.

  5. Frank Sesno:

    Under the social media microscope this will be much tougher because most every viewer, reader, listener will be judging — many in real time, it's a daunting news agenda, but the public is tuned in and amped up. News organizations will be judged quickly and harshly.

Images & Illustrations of microscope

  1. microscopemicroscopemicroscopemicroscopemicroscope

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for microscope

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for microscope »


Find a translation for the microscope definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these microscope definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"microscope." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 4 Jul 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/microscope>.

Are we missing a good definition for microscope? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for microscope:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.