A microscope is a mechanical instrument that magnifies the image of small objects. You would use a microscope to look at something tiny, like an amoeba.

First used in the 1650s, microscope is descended from the Modern Latin microscopium, meaning "an instrument for viewing what is small." In science, microscopes are essential for examining material that can't be seen with the naked eye, like bacteria and viruses. In the same vein, you might feel like you're "under a microscope" if you're being very closely observed and scrutinized, like a star in the limelight or a politician in front of the media.

Definitions of microscope

n magnifier of the image of small objects

“the invention of the microscope led to the discovery of the cell”
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a modified microscope used to study capillary vessels
electron microscope
a microscope that is similar in purpose to a light microscope but achieves much greater resolving power by using a parallel beam of electrons to illuminate the object instead of a beam of light
light microscope
microscope consisting of an optical instrument that magnifies the image of an object
binocular microscope
a light microscope adapted to the use of both eyes
compound microscope
light microscope that has two converging lens systems: the objective and the eyepiece
field-emission microscope
electron microscope used to observe the surface structure of a solid
hand glass, magnifying glass, simple microscope
light microscope consisting of a single convex lens that is used to produce an enlarged image
dark-field microscope, ultramicroscope
light microscope that uses scattered light to show particles too small to see with ordinary microscopes
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a scientific instrument that magnifies an image

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