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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

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

ka·lei·do·scop·ic play \-ˌlī-də-ˈskä-pik\ adjective
ka·lei·do·scop·i·cal·ly play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of kaleidoscope

  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



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