Definition of kaleidoscope in English:



  • 1A toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns when the tube is rotated.

    • ‘Our projects will include building kaleidoscopes and telescopes, experimenting with UV and IR light, and arranging mirrors so that a laser shines on a predetermined spot.’
    • ‘A list of galleries where the kaleidoscopes can be found is also available.’
    • ‘It was like a kaleidoscope but definitely the strangest kaleidoscope she had ever seen.’
    • ‘She has a passion for kaleidoscopes, and here she's seen with several of her creations.’
    • ‘Cornelius mashes sounds together like a child shaking a kaleidoscope mashes colours, but with a deliberation and precision that refute chaos.’
    • ‘From this refraction comes her art, where in parts she draws on mystical themes and turns them, rather like using a kaleidoscope, into patterns and associations entirely her own.’
    • ‘As a result, she says, ‘There is never a week where I don't get one to three new kaleidoscopes.’
    • ‘Our unique kaleidoscopes are bursting with bright colors and intricate patterns.’
    • ‘From the reflection of grains of sand and crystals in tubes through to the advances of computers, kaleidoscopes have always been truly beautiful and even puzzling.’
    • ‘She organized the first American exhibition of kaleidoscopes at Strathmore Hall Art Center in Rockville, Md., the year her book came out.’
    • ‘Right now she's attempting to make a kaleidoscope from an empty toilet paper tube, beads, rubber bands, some wax paper and Saran wrap.’
    • ‘Perhaps his best-known legacy is his work on the mathematics of kaleidoscopes, including those operating in higher dimensions.’
    • ‘But lovers of kaleidoscopes, Rubik's cubes, and jigsaw and other puzzles should have a field day.’
    • ‘Their collecting began as something simple: Karen took a stained glass art class and made a kaleidoscope.’
    • ‘To further the inherent fascination of kaleidoscopes, the Museum is offering children's programs where kids can make their own visual creations with the assistance of a Gallery Guide.’
    • ‘Is it a kaleidoscope that catches patterns at angles?’
    • ‘THE FRAGMENTS BEGIN to come together, like the slowly forming pattern of a kaleidoscope.’
    • ‘The three mirrors in the kaleidoscope are what provides the dance of ministry pieces and programs.’
    • ‘When he next opened them, he was behind an electric kaleidoscope or a card of faceted glass.’
    • ‘They should be allowed to choose to construct either of the kaleidoscopes described below, based upon whatever materials are most readily available to them.’
    1. 1.1A constantly changing pattern or sequence of elements.
      ‘the dancers moved in a kaleidoscope of colour’
      • ‘None of that kaleidoscope - coloured rice; here it's a calm soft beige, scented with fresh green chilli and cinnamon, wafting the distinctive perfume unique to true Indian basmati rice.’
      • ‘Earlier yesterday, Jasper Conran injected a little love into his show which proved a veritable kaleidoscope of summery colours.’
      • ‘While streaming one video, the picture broke down after about a minute, and the voice track continued over an indecipherable kaleidoscope of colours.’
      • ‘Tonight while driving down Sydney Rd, I took off my glasses at a red light to polish them, and the world suddenly sprang into a vivid kaleidoscope of coloured spangles.’
      • ‘What could match the vibrant kaleidoscope of colour, form and texture that is a Caribbean reef?’
      • ‘Bewilderment and helplessness and dismay mingled strangely, played out in a clashing kaleidoscope, vivid against the colourlessness of everything else.’
      • ‘Wild flowers crowd your vision - a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour against an olive green background.’
      • ‘They're a kaleidoscope of colors ranging from pastel tints to vibrant blues, greens, reds, purples, jades, and buffs in a wide variety of shades.’
      • ‘You present a sliver, a little glass piece of the kaleidoscope, a tiny little prism, in which you may see the greater war, but you may not.’
      • ‘Up to this point, the only material to have been discussed has been rock crystal, but the rock crystal pieces were complemented by a positive kaleidoscope of coloured hardstones.’
      • ‘A virtual kaleidoscope of colour inundate not only the standing piles, but also overrun old fallen timbers that overlap, forming small overhangs and grottoes.’
      • ‘The exhibition highlights the many unique art styles practised in Nimbin, and walking into the gallery one is instantly drawn to the kaleidoscope of beautiful and interesting pieces.’
      • ‘Most of the dresses were sleeveless and backless and no doubt were held up by good faith and many safety pins, but the effect was a dazzling kaleidoscope of moving colours, backed by the men in their tropical whites.’
      • ‘The vast range of anemone species at the edge of the channel was splashed in an astounding kaleidoscope of colours including velvety purple, red, and orange.’
      • ‘Contrast trim vests inspire the imagination in an enthusiastic kaleidoscope of colour, from shimmering violet to turquoise, interspersed with highlights of electric blue and orange.’
      • ‘But I am suddenly achingly aware of the kaleidoscope of people in the world, the jigsaw puzzle pieces of people in existence that joined could make an infinite number of pictures.’
      • ‘But for now, however, we're all happy being just one - small - piece of the media kaleidoscope.’
      • ‘A chameleon was shifting to match the kaleidoscope of colour given off by the lights of a gramophone record store.’
      • ‘The principal commodities were depth defensemen, who rotated among teams in a dizzy kaleidoscope, and some intriguing goalie switches.’
      • ‘I was so taken by the kaleidoscope of colour, I got carried away sowing poppies.’


Early 19th century: from Greek kalos beautiful + eidos form + -scope.