Definitions for kaleidoscopekəˈlaɪ dəˌskoʊp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ka•lei•do•scopekəˈlaɪ dəˌskoʊp(n.)

  1. a tubular optical instrument in which loose bits of colored glass at the end of the tube are reflected in mirrors so as to display ever-changing symmetrical patterns as the tube is rotated.

    Category: Optics

  2. a continually shifting pattern, scene, or the like.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of kaleidoscope:

1817; < Gk kal(ós) beautiful +eîdo(s) shape (cf. eidetic ) + -scope

ka•lei`do•scop′i•cal•ly(adv.)

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

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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."

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.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

kaleidoscope(noun)

a tube-shaped toy in which loose coloured pieces of glass etc reflected in two mirrors form changing patterns.

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