Origin of kaleidoscope
Examples from the Web for kaleidoscope
Her aspirations were noble: Inject high art into pop music and create a Koons-esque kaleidoscope of dance tracks.
No invention, on being first brought out, created so general a sensation as the Kaleidoscope.Great Facts|Frederick C. Bakewell
It was a little difficult to follow at first, for, like a child she mixed up names and events in rather a kaleidoscope fashion.Two Little Waifs|Mrs. Molesworth
The lid on the top of an upright piano may also form a kaleidoscope in the same way, but smaller.
British Dictionary definitions for kaleidoscope
Word Origin for kaleidoscope
Word Origin and History for kaleidoscope
1817, literally "observer of beautiful forms," coined by its inventor, Scottish scientist David Brewster (1781-1868), from Greek kalos "beautiful" + eidos "shape" (see -oid) + -scope, on model of telescope, etc. They sold by the thousands in the few years after their invention, but Brewster failed to secure a patent.
Figurative meaning "constantly changing pattern" is first attested 1819 in Lord Byron, whose publisher had sent him one. As a verb, from 1891. A kaleidophone (1827) was invented by English physicist Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) to make sound waves visible.