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A mechanical device consisting of a rotating drum ringed with narrow apertures through which an animated image is viewed.

[Greek zōē, life + -tropos, turning; see -tropous.]


(Games, other than specified) a cylinder-shaped toy with a sequence of pictures on its inner surface which, when viewed through the vertical slits spaced regularly around it while the toy is rotated, produce an illusion of animation
[C19: Greek zoe life + trope turn]
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At every half mile the horses and the donkeys jumped the water-channels--up, on, change your leg, and off again like figures in a zoetrope, till they grew small along the line of waterwheels.
Il fonde la societe American Zoetrope qui contribuera a l'emergence de plusieurs realisateurs.
There were a few issues with sound contamination between tents; we could have done with a few more heating options as the cold drew in (although the fire around the giant zoetrope was smashing); and the comedy should be upped, both in terms of quantity and quality.
Zakin worked in the music video business with stars such as Lenny Kravitz and The Rolling Stones before crossing paths with Francis Ford Coppola's son, Roman (who is involved in the development of Ringlings new soundstage and post-production facility), and joining American Zoetrope.
Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope, among other publications.
Similarly, Cavalier suggests that the invention of zoetrope was an incipient phase of animation, noting that the Japanese studio's Ghibli Museum exhibits a 3D zoetrope (10).
A Your viewer is part of a category of antiques they call 'pre-cinema' and these include optical devices like the spinning zoetrope, the praxinoscope and the humble flip book.
Former journalist and playwright Nicole Mary Kelby's short stories have appeared in Minnesota Monthly, The Mississippi Review, One Story, Verb, and Zoetrope All-Story Extra; one of her collections, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts: Stories (2009), won the Florida Book Award.
Not one to shy away from grand statements, Quentin Tarantino once pronounced that Robert Rodriguez was the first director to realize fully the Icarus-like dream of industrial artistic freedom once sought by Francis Ford Coppola with American Zoetrope Studios in the 1970s.
Although the shape of the screen obviously refers to the planetarium, Sawa uses the curved surface as an arena in which to evoke such devices as the zoetrope, clock, or kaleidoscope.
BUDDING scientists at President Kennedy School spent a special day in the labs working on challenging chemical and physics experiments The Year 8 cohort worked on extracting and isolating DNA from kiwi fruit, generating electricity with magnets and coils of wire, electroplating (copper plating metals), constructing a zoetrope to explore early moving pictures and the persistence of vision, and making plastic out of milk.
It was a zoetrope, and shortly after I found a kinora in Berlin.