Origin of kaleidoscope
Examples from the Web for kaleidoscope
Contemporary Examples of kaleidoscope
Her aspirations were noble: Inject high art into pop music and create a Koons-esque kaleidoscope of dance tracks.The Biggest Surprises and Disappointments in 2013
December 24, 2013
Historical Examples of kaleidoscope
So, ever changing day by day, every man's life is but a kaleidoscope.The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper
Martin Farquhar Tupper
Mame—Mame and her kaleidoscope romances, insults, and adventures?Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
All was but a confused mind-picture, changing as a kaleidoscope, blurred, shadowy.The Iron Pirate
Then, in a moment, the whole picture changed with the rapidity of a kaleidoscope.The Heart of Unaga
A change—like the flashing colours of a kaleidoscope; like the phantoms of a dream!The Red Man's Revenge
Word Origin 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.