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ka·lei·do·scope

 (kə-lī′də-skōp′)
n.
1. 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.
2. A constantly changing set of colors.
3. A series of changing phases or events: a kaleidoscope of illusions.

[Greek kalos, beautiful + eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots + -scope.]

ka·lei′do·scop′ic (-skŏp′ĭk), ka·lei′do·scop′i·cal adj.
ka·lei′do·scop′i·cal·ly adv.

kaleidoscope

(kəˈlaɪdəˌskəʊp)
n
1. (General Physics) an optical toy for producing symmetrical patterns by multiple reflections in inclined mirrors enclosed in a tube. Loose pieces of coloured glass, paper, etc, are placed between transparent plates at the far end of the tube, which is rotated to change the pattern
2. any complex pattern of frequently changing shapes and colours
3. a complicated set of circumstances
[C19: from Greek kalos beautiful + eidos form + -scope]
kaleidoscopic adj
kaˌleidoˈscopically adv

ka•lei•do•scope

(kəˈlaɪ dəˌskoʊp)

n.
1. a tubular optical instrument in which loose bits of colored glass at the end of the tube are reflected in mirrors so as to display ever-changing symmetrical patterns as the tube is rotated.
2. a continually shifting pattern, scene, or the like.
[1817; < Greek kal(ós) beautiful + eîdo(s) shape (compare eidetic) + -scope]
ka•lei`do•scop′ic (-ˈskɒp ɪk) adj.
ka•lei`do•scop′i•cal•ly, adv.

kaleidoscope

an optical device composed of bits of colored glass and several reflecting surfaces that presents to the viewer symmetrical patterns when shaken or rotated. — kaleidoscopic, adj.
See also: Instruments
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kaleidoscope - a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
pattern, form, shape - a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
2.kaleidoscope - an optical toy in a tubekaleidoscope - an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
Translations
kalejdoskop
kaléidoscopecaléidoscope
kaleidoszkóp
kviksjá
kaleidoskopaskaleidoskopiškas
kaleidoskops
kaleidoskop
çiçek dürbünükaleydoskop

kaleidoscope

[kəˈlaɪdəskəʊp] Ncalidoscopio m, caleidoscopio m

kaleidoscope

[kəˈlaɪdəskəʊp] nkaléidoscope m

kaleidoscope

nKaleidoskop nt; a kaleidoscope of emotionein Wechselspiel ntder Gefühle

kaleidoscope

[kəˈlaɪdəˌskəʊp] ncaleidoscopio

kaleidoscope

(kəˈlaidəskəup) noun
a tube-shaped toy in which loose coloured pieces of glass etc reflected in two mirrors form changing patterns.
kaˌleidoˈscopic (-ˈsko-) adjective
with many changing colours, sights, impressions etc.
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