An antique kaleidoscope.
- A toy where you look down a tube to see different colors and patterns is an example of a kaleidoscope.
- When the color of the sky is changing constantly, this is an example of a kaleidoscope of colors.
- a tubular device containing loose bits of colored glass, plastic, etc. reflected by mirrors so that various symmetrical patterns appear when the tube is held to the eye and rotated
- anything that constantly changes, as in color and pattern
Origin of kaleidoscope; from Classical Greek kalos, beautiful + eidos, form (see -oid) + -scope
- A tube-shaped optical instrument that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs by means of mirrors reflecting the constantly changing patterns made by small objects, such as beads or bits of colored glass, at one end of the tube.
- A constantly changing set of colors.
- A series of changing phases or events: a kaleidoscope of illusions.
Origin of kaleidoscopeGreek kalos, beautiful + eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots + –scope.
- ka·lei′do·scop′ic , ka·lei′do·scop′i·cal
(third-person singular simple present kaleidoscopes, present participle kaleidoscoping, simple past and past participle kaleidoscoped)
- (intransitive) To move in shifting patterns.
From Ancient Greek καλός (kalos, “beautiful”) + εἶδος (eidos, “shape”) (compare -oid) + -scope. Coined 1817, by David Brewster, its inventor.
Figurative sense of “constantly changing pattern” attested 1819 by Lord Byron, who had received a kaleidoscope from his publisher.