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[strohb] /stroʊb/ Photography Informal.
Also called strobe light. stroboscope (def 2a).
Origin of strobe
1940-45; shortened form Unabridged
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Examples from the web for strobe
  • It was wonderful to see the beautiful stop-motion strobe photos.
  • It's there and gone, there and gone, revealed and concealed as if by a sort of aural strobe light.
  • Seriously, don't go nuts putting beepers and strobe lights on the cars.
  • The video includes a strobe effect that according to the test results could have caused seizures in any epileptic viewers.
  • The drops are only visible during the millisecond pulses of the strobe light.
  • As the machine's name implies, its beam will be continuous and will resemble a powerful searchlight rather than a strobe lamp.
  • strobe flash froze movement but image is blurred because it is so close.
  • Secondly, you can add additional lighting by using an off-camera strobe.
  • Attach a sync cord between the strobe and the camera.
  • Captured this image while a couple of false clown fish were inquisitive over my strobe lights.
British Dictionary definitions for strobe


to give the appearance of arrested or slow motion by using intermittent illumination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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strobe in Science
  1. A strobe light.

  2. A stroboscope.

  3. 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.

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