kaleidoscope

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A design seen in the kaleidoscope
The tube of a kaleidoscope

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek καλός (kalós, beautiful) + εἶδος (eîdos, shape) (compare -oid) +‎ -scope. Coined 1817, by David Brewster, its inventor.[1]

Figurative sense of “constantly changing pattern” attested 1819 by Lord Byron, who had received a kaleidoscope from his publisher.[1]

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kaleidoscope (plural kaleidoscopes)

  1. A tube of mirrors containing loose coloured beads etc. that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs.
  2. A constantly changing set of colours, or other things.

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kaleidoscope (third-person singular simple present kaleidoscopes, present participle kaleidoscoping, simple past and past participle kaleidoscoped)

  1. (intransitive) To move in shifting patterns.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 kaleidoscope” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).