What does kaleidoscope mean?

Definitions for kaleidoscope
kəˈlaɪ dəˌskoʊpkalei·do·scope

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kaleidoscopenoun

    a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes

  2. kaleidoscopenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. kaleidoscopenoun

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

  2. kaleidoscopenoun

    A constantly changing set of colours, or other things

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kaleidoscopenoun

    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

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

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."

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.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of kaleidoscope in a Sentence

  1. Sharon Salzberg:

    Life is like and ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Oh how smoothly, how swiftly and horribly, how cruelly and thoroughly, one discovers the powers and prowess of Maya, the Supreme power of Illusions! With a simple sleight of her hand, léger de main, everything changes in a moment; electrically charged, awesome and exciting years of life shrink to moments - just to realize that all that fascinating reality had been a dream. Perhaps all that had happened previously had been a continuous sequence of beautiful images that one would admire and fall in love with, and to realize that it’s all the game of dreams, illusions and Maya. The reality also strikes, at the same moment, that everything one would still experience in the future, would see with one’s eyes and feel with one’s hands, up to the moment of one’s death — that everything is not going to be any different in substance, or any different in kind. Why would it be? It’s always all a game, all foam and all dreams. It’s Maya, the whole lovely and frightful, delicious and desperate kaleidoscope of life with its searing delights, intertwined with its searing sorrows, the amazing show that has been ongoing since the dawn of Universe.

  3. Sharon Salzberg:

    Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter.

  4. Henry Ward Beecher:

    Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.

  5. Jean Houston:

    At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.

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