Meaning of snooperscope in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsnuːpəskəʊp/


  • A device which converts infrared radiation into a visible image, used for seeing in the dark.

    ‘All the time the cameras are grinding and the snooperscope is scanning every inch of the room.’
    • ‘The trouble with the snooperscopes was that they needed their own light source - a searchlight that illuminated targets with an infra-red beam.’
    • ‘After all, it isn't every editor who can go to such things with snooperscopes and the like, so we had to rely on our five senses.’
    • ‘For the night eye needs no artificial light source, like the snooperscopes of World War II, which merely detected the reflections of infrared light shot out by the scopes themselves.’
    • ‘Events are experienced at a far remove, mediated by communications technologies in which the assumed perspective is that of the snooperscope, the prying electronic eye.’
    • ‘At the center I helped develop the electron microscope which produced the snooperscope.’
    • ‘His other inventions included a form of the electric eye and his infrared image tube led to the sniperscope and the snooperscope.’
    • ‘His service was recognized as invaluable for his contributions in developing aircraft-fire control, television guided missiles, infra-red-image tubes for sinperscopes and snooperscopes and for storage tubes.’
    • ‘The ending footage is an artistic expression of the subtext that the enemy, looked down from a vantage point, are squashed like roaches under the snooperscope in a detached, game way, as if they were sub-human.’
    • ‘During World War II, he developed a camera a hundred times more powerful than the iconoscope, which was the first night-vision camera, called the sniperscope or snooperscope, and he worked on radio-controlled missiles.’
    • ‘In 1965, he negotiated a contract for me to build one using a cathode-ray tube display, under the sponsorship of the Night Vision Laboratory at Ft. Belvoir, Virgina (which was developing the Army's sniperscopes and snooperscopes).’
    • ‘The bright gleam of infra-red light that they had seen through the snooperscope bore out their suspicion that they had stumbled on a new and revolutionary kind of communication device.’