Definition of kaleidoscope in English:

kaleidoscope

Syllabification: ka·lei·do·scope
Pronunciation: /kəˈlīdəˌskōp
 
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noun

  • 1A toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns that are visible through an eyehole when the tube is rotated.
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    • The three mirrors in the kaleidoscope are what provides the dance of ministry pieces and programs.
    • Right now she's attempting to make a kaleidoscope from an empty toilet paper tube, beads, rubber bands, some wax paper and Saran wrap.
    • Our projects will include building kaleidoscopes and telescopes, experimenting with UV and IR light, and arranging mirrors so that a laser shines on a predetermined spot.
  • 1.1A constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements: the dancers moved in a kaleidoscope of color
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    • They're a kaleidoscope of colors ranging from pastel tints to vibrant blues, greens, reds, purples, jades, and buffs in a wide variety of shades.
    • You present a sliver, a little glass piece of the kaleidoscope, a tiny little prism, in which you may see the greater war, but you may not.
    • Up to this point, the only material to have been discussed has been rock crystal, but the rock crystal pieces were complemented by a positive kaleidoscope of coloured hardstones.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek kalos 'beautiful' + eidos 'form' + -scope.

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