What does kaleidoscope mean?

Definitions for kaleidoscopekəˈlaɪ dəˌskoʊp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kaleidoscope(noun)

    a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes

  2. kaleidoscope(noun)

    an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors


  1. kaleidoscope(Noun)

    A tube of mirrors containing loose coloured beads etc. that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs

  2. kaleidoscope(Noun)

    A constantly changing set of colours, or other things

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kaleidoscope(noun)

    an instrument invented by Sir David Brewster, which contains loose fragments of colored glass, etc., and reflecting surfaces so arranged that changes of position exhibit its contents in an endless variety of beautiful colors and symmetrical forms. It has been much employed in arts of design

  2. Origin: [Gr. beautiful + e'i^dos form + -scope.]


  1. Kaleidoscope

    A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster, "kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός, "beautiful, beauty", εἶδος, "that which is seen: form, shape" and σκοπέω, "to look to, to examine", hence "observation of beautiful forms."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kaleidoscope

    ka-lī′do-skōp, n. an optical toy in which we see an endless variety of beautiful colours and forms.—adj. Kaleidoscop′ic. [Gr. kalos, beautiful, eidos, form, skopein, to see.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kaleidoscope

    an optical instrument, invented by Sir David Brewster in 1817, consisting of a cylinder with two mirrors set lengthwise inside, two plates of glass with bits of coloured glass loose between at one end and an eye-hole at the other, presents varying patterns on rotation.

Editors Contribution

  1. kaleidoscope

    A type of toy in a tube, that produces designs and patterns created and designed in various colors, materials, sizes and styles.

    Children and adults love to use a Kaleidoscope to view the amazing colors, patterns

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kaleidoscope in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kaleidoscope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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