Meaning of KALEIDOSCOPE in English


Pronunciation: k ə - ' l ī -d ə - ˌ sk ō p

Function: noun

Etymology: Greek kalos beautiful + eidos form + English -scope ― more at IDYLL

Date: 1817

1 : an instrument containing loose bits of colored material (as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed that changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns

2 : something resembling a kaleidoscope: as a : a variegated changing pattern or scene <a kaleidoscope of colors> b : a succession of changing phases or actions <a kaleidoscope of changing fashions> c : a diverse collection <a kaleidoscope of topics>

– ka · lei · do · scop · ic \ - ˌ l ī -d ə - ' skä-pik \ adjective

– ka · lei · do · scop · i · cal · ly \ -pi-k( ə -)l ē \ adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.