kinetoscope

noun
ki·​net·​o·​scope | \kə-ˈne-tə-ˌskōp, kī-\

Definition of kinetoscope 

: a device for viewing through a magnifying lens a sequence of pictures on an endless band of film moved continuously over a light source and a rapidly rotating shutter that creates an illusion of motion

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Edison’s kinetoscope originally showed films of boxers boxing. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection Is the Greatest Tennis Film of All Time," 22 Aug. 2018 But ever since Edison and his kinetoscope, there have been women like Irwin and Daniels, who have emerged as entrepreneurs in an industry made for men and run by men. Gloria Leonard started out as a bond trader on Wall Street in the 1960s. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Sex and power: Stormy Daniels and the female pioneers of the porn industry," 10 Mar. 2018 Visual culture was on the rise—on top of stereoscopes, Victorians were excitedly trading photographic calling cards, watching short films, and spinning kinetoscopes of looping animations that were, essentially, like today’s animated GIFs. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Reality," 30 Sep. 2017 Contemporary videogame technology is the equivalent of the kinetoscope. Chris Kohler, WIRED, "Why David Jaffe Is Wrong On The ‘One-Console’ Future," 11 Jan. 2008

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First Known Use of kinetoscope

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinetoscope

from Kinetoscope, a trademark

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