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strobe (n.)

1942, shortening of stroboscope. As a shortened form of strobe light, from 1949. As an adjective from 1942.

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Definitions of strobe from WordNet

strobe (n.)
scientific instrument that provides a flashing light synchronized with the periodic movement of an object; can make moving object appear stationary;
Synonyms: stroboscope / strobe light
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