A 19th-century optical toy consisting of a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inner surface that, when viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, give an impression of continuous motion. Also called thaumatrope.
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- Submedia Advertising, which developed the technology based on a 19th century toy, the zoetrope, expects 7.4 million to see the ad over one month.
- A favorite assignment was designing a giant zoetrope, which projects images through slits in a revolving wheel, for a toy store.
- The green blur of the commuter train as it speeds in the night draws a streak of light like a zoetrope, one of the many visual surprises.
mid 19th century: formed irregularly from Greek zōē 'life' + -tropos 'turning'.
Definition of zoetrope in:
- The US English dictionary