Definition of zoetrope in English:

zoetrope

Line breaks: zoe|trope
Pronunciation: /ˈzəʊɪtrəʊp
 
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noun

  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: formed irregularly from Greek zōē 'life' + -tropos 'turning'.

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