a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
A tube of mirrors containing loose coloured beads etc. that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs
A constantly changing set of colours, or other things
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
Origin: [Gr. beautiful + e'i^dos form + -scope.]
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
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
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.
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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The numerical value of kaleidoscope in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of kaleidoscope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter.
Life is like and ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter.
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
Nature’s serenity is there for us to see, hear and feel in the majesty of the mountains, the vastness of the sea, the whisper of the whistling wind, the incredible scent-of-a-quenched-happy-earth after rain.. it makes my heart glow with a happiness unparalleled by any other joy… sends my tired senses into a meditative trance.. the earth is a kaleidoscope of dreamscapes.
I get lost in the rhythm, my mind is released to think great thoughts or reflect on the mundane. A kaleidoscope of images pops up as I build my own momentum. Whether hiking, running, or baking, I am drawn by muscle memory and instinct. I find I don’t have to check the recipe to think about how many egg yolks to separate, where they go, or what comes next. The process has become part of my subconscious and physiology.
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- calidoscopiCatalan, Valencian
- kaleidoskop, krasohledCzech
- kaleidoskop, kalejdoskopDanish
- لوله شکل نماPersian
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