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 for Compound microscope
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compound \Com"pound\, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See
     Compound, v. t.]
     Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts;
     produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or
     things; composite; as, a compound word.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Compound substances are made up of two or more simple
           substances.                              --I. Watts.
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     Compound addition, subtraction, multiplication,
     division (Arith.), the addition, subtraction, etc., of
        compound numbers.
  
     Compound crystal (Crystallog.), a twin crystal, or one
        seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined
        according to regular laws of composition.
  
     Compound engine (Mech.), a form of steam engine in which
        the steam that has been used in a high-pressure cylinder
        is made to do further service in a larger low-pressure
        cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders,
        successively.
  
     Compound ether. (Chem.) See under Ether.
  
     Compound flower (Bot.), a flower head resembling a single
        flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in
        a common calyxlike involucre, as the sunflower or
        dandelion.
  
     Compound fraction. (Math.) See Fraction.
  
     Compound fracture. See Fracture.
  
     Compound householder, a householder who compounds or
        arranges with his landlord that his rates shall be
        included in his rents. [Eng.]
  
     Compound interest. See Interest.
  
     Compound larceny. (Law) See Larceny.
  
     Compound leaf (Bot.), a leaf having two or more separate
        blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk.
  
     Compound microscope. See Microscope.
  
     Compound motion. See Motion.
  
     Compound number (Math.), one constructed according to a
        varying scale of denomination; as, 3 cwt., 1 qr., 5 lb.;
        -- called also denominate number.
  
     Compound pier (Arch.), a clustered column.
  
     Compound quantity (Alg.), a quantity composed of two or
        more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign +
        (plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c, and bb - b, are
        compound quantities.
  
     Compound radical. (Chem.) See Radical.
  
     Compound ratio (Math.), the product of two or more ratios;
        thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of the simple ratios a:c
        and b:d.
  
     Compound rest (Mech.), the tool carriage of an engine
        lathe.
  
     Compound screw (Mech.), a screw having on the same axis two
        or more screws with different pitch (a differential
        screw), or running in different directions (a right and
        left screw).
  
     Compound time (Mus.), that in which two or more simple
        measures are combined in one; as, 6-8 time is the joining
        of two measures of 3-8 time.
  
     Compound word, a word composed of two or more words;
        specifically, two or more words joined together by a
        hyphen.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  compound microscope
      n 1: light microscope that has two converging lens systems: the
           objective and the eyepiece

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