mutoscope

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mutoscope

(ˈmjuːtəʊˌskəʊp)
n
1. (Historical Terms) an early form of a motion-picture device in which a series of photographs of an action sequence are viewed in quick succession, giving the impression of movement
2. (Film) an early form of a motion-picture device in which a series of photographs of an action sequence are viewed in quick succession, giving the impression of movement

mutoscope

an instrument for recording and reproducing the illusion of motion by means of a series of photographs.
See also: Instruments, Photography
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Can you hear the slap of sandals along the old prom, as a fellow paces skittishly to the What-the-Butler-Saw machine? With one hand, he tilts the perch of a kissme-quick cap on a head slightly reddened by the flirty sun's fleeting appearances.