Meaning of KALEIDOSCOPE in English

I. kəˈlīdəˌskōp sometimes -lēd- noun

Etymology: Greek kal os beautiful + eidos form + English -scope — more at calli- , idol

1. : an instrument that contains loose fragments of colored glass confined between two flat plates and two plane mirrors placed at an angle of 60° so that changes of position exhibit its contents in an endless variety of symmetrical varicolored forms

2. : something resembling a kaleidoscope: as

a. : a variegated changing pattern or scene

the lake a kaleidoscope of changing colors — Robert Gibbings

b. : a succession of changing phases or actions

reduce all experience to a shifting kaleidoscope of meaningless incidents — John Dewey

her day … became a kaleidoscope of things embarked upon and left for other things — Adrian Bell

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to appear as if in a kaleidoscope

pictures of the lights and the planes spinning and crashing … kaleidoscoped through his mind — Howard Hunt

transitive verb

: to view as if in a kaleidoscope

poking … fun at our banalities and shortsightednesses as he kaleidoscopes them with the long view of man's cultural achievement — Henry Hewes

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.