Kaleidoscope definition

kə-līdə-skōp
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.
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A series of changing phases or events.

A kaleidoscope of illusions.

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Anything that constantly changes, as in color and pattern.
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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.
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A constantly changing set of colors.
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The definition of a kaleidoscope is a toy consisting of a tube with mirrors and glass that you can turn and create different patterns and colors, or an ever-changing sequence of colors or events.

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.

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A constantly changing set of colours, or other things.
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(intransitive) To move in shifting patterns.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of kaleidoscope - caleidoscope

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kaleidoscope
Plural:
kaleidoscopes

Origin of kaleidoscope

  • Greek kalos beautiful eidos form weid- in Indo-European roots –scope

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek καλός (kalos, “beautiful”) + εἶδος (eidos, “shape”) (compare -oid) +‎ -scope. Coined 1817, by David Brewster, its inventor.

    From Wiktionary

  • Figurative sense of “constantly changing pattern” attested 1819 by Lord Byron, who had received a kaleidoscope from his publisher.

    From Wiktionary