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 (stĕr′ē-ŏp′tĭ-kŏn′, stîr′-)
A magic lantern, especially one with two projectors arranged so as to produce dissolving views.

[New Latin : stereo- + Greek optikon, neuter of optikos, optic; see optic.]


(ˌstɛrɪˈɒptɪkən; ˌstɪər-)
(Photography) a type of projector with two complete units arranged so that one picture dissolves as the next is forming
[C19: from stereo- + Greek optikon, neuter form of optikos optic]


(ˌstɛr iˈɒp tɪ kən, -ˌkɒn, ˌstɪər-)

a projector for slides designed so that one picture appears to dissolve while the next is forming.
[1860–65, Amer.; stere- + Greek optikón (neuter) optic]


a projector with two complete lanterns, so that one picture appears to be dissolving while the other is appearing. — stereoptician, n. — stereoptican, adj.
See also: Representation
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At the first fall of snow he would set out by horse and cutter with a stereopticon and music box, giving science lectures at schools and church halls in eastern Ontario, ranging as far east as Nova Scotia.
Think of the stereopticon and early cinema, phonography and photography, telephones and bicycles, railroads and rallies, as competing agents vying for the right to store and communicate human bodies, words, and voices.
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Judging by surviving examples, the most popular photographic souvenirs were stereoview cards (also called stereopticon cards).
A course of lectures on astronomy illustrated by stereopticon slides will attract a large audience the first week, who hope to hear of the wonders of the heavens and the relation of our earth thereto, but instead are treated to spectrum analyses of star dust, or the latest theory concerning the milky way.
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Viewed in a stereopticon, the paired images provided the public with seeming three-dimensionality and the charming pleasure of traveling the world in one's armchair.
A show in Rochester, NY, in September of 1908, featured moving pictures of William Jennings Bryant and a stereopticon of Tammany leaders to 'coincide with the Democratic state convention here'.
By the turn of the century, the stereopticon - essentially a magic lantern utilizing two lenses - had made its debut within religious circles.
Projectors advertised to educational institutions were given impressive high-tech aliases such as the Stereopticon, Balopticon, Delineascope, or Kinetoscope (see Figure 3).
The stereopticon venture "was to play an important part in the real-life work that was waiting for me," he remembered; "without the knowledge which the possession of it gave me, that work could not have been carried out as it was" (American 181).