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kaleidoscope

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noun ka·lei·do·scope \kə-ˈlī-də-ˌskōp\

Simple Definition of kaleidoscope

  • : a tube that has mirrors and loose pieces of colored glass or plastic inside at one end so that you see many different patterns when you turn the tube while looking in through the other end

  • : a changing pattern or scene

  • : a mixture of many different things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kaleidoscope

  1. 1 :  an instrument containing loose bits of colored material (as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns

  2. 2 :  something resembling a kaleidoscope: as a :  a variegated changing pattern or scene <a kaleidoscope of colors> b :  a succession of changing phases or actions <a kaleidoscope of changing fashions> c :  a diverse collection

kaleidoscopic play \-ˌlī-də-ˈskä-pik\ adjective
kaleidoscopically play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of kaleidoscope in a sentence

  1. The landscape was a kaleidoscope of changing colors.



Origin of kaleidoscope

Greek kalos beautiful + eidos form + English -scope — more at idyll


First Known Use: 1817


KALEIDOSCOPE Defined for Kids

kaleidoscope

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noun ka·lei·do·scope \kə-ˈlī-də-skōp\

Definition of kaleidoscope for Students

  1. 1 :  a tube that contains bits of colored glass or plastic and two mirrors at one end and that shows many different patterns as it is turned

  2. 2 :  a changing pattern or scene



History for kaleidoscope

If you look into a kaleidoscope you will see changing shapes and pretty colors. The name of the device may seem strange, but it will make sense to a person who knows Greek. Kaleidoscope was made up out of two Greek words, kalos, “beautiful,” and eidos, “shape.” Added to those is the English word-forming element -scope, “something for viewing” (itself from a Greek element -skopion).



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