Simple microscope
Microscope Mi"cro*scope, n. [Micro- + -scope.] 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}. [1913 Webster]

{Compound microscope}, an instrument consisting of a combination of lenses such that the image formed by the lens or set of lenses nearest the object (called the objective) is magnified by another lens called the ocular or eyepiece.

{Oxyhydrogen microscope}, and {Solar microscope}. See under {Oxyhydrogen}, and {Solar}.

{Simple microscope}, or {Single microscope}, a single convex lens used to magnify objects placed in its focus. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • simple microscope — noun light microscope consisting of a single convex lens that is used to produce an enlarged image the magnifying glass was invented by Roger Bacon in 1250 • Syn: ↑hand glass, ↑magnifying glass • Hypernyms: ↑light microscope • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • simple microscope — a microscope having a single lens. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • simple microscope — noun A microscope with only one lens …   Wiktionary

  • simple microscope — a microscope that consists of a single lens; a magnifying glass …   Medical dictionary

  • Microscope — Mi cro*scope, n. [Micro + scope.] 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}. [1913 Webster] {Compound microscope}, an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • microscope — /muy kreuh skohp /, n. 1. an optical instrument having a magnifying lens or a combination of lenses for inspecting objects too small to be seen or too small to be seen distinctly and in detail by the unaided eye. 2. (cap.) Astron. the… …   Universalium

  • Microscope, simple — A microscope that has a single converging lens (or a combination of lenses that function optically as a single converging lens). Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632 1723) made good use of the simple microscope to look at the life within a drop of water,… …   Medical dictionary

  • MICROSCOPE — s. m. Instrument d optique dont on se sert pour grossir à la vue les petits objets. Cet objet est si petit, qu on ne le peut voir qu avec un microscope. Avec le secours du microscope, on a fait bien des découvertes dans la physique. Microscope… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • MICROSCOPE — n. m. Instrument d’optique dont on se sert pour grossir à la vue les petits objets. Regarder au microscope. La physique fait un emploi constant du microscope. Microscope simple. Microscope composé. Fig., Il voit tout au microscope, Son… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • microscope — noun a) An optical instrument used for observing small objects. b) Any instrument for imaging very small objects (such as an electron microscope). See Also: compound microscope, electron microscope, microscopic, microscopy, simple microscope …   Wiktionary

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