of, relating to, or created by a kaleidoscope.
changing form, pattern, color, etc., in a manner suggesting a kaleidoscope.
continually shifting from one set of relations to another; rapidly changing: the kaleidoscopic events of the past year.

Nearby words

  1. kalathos,
  2. kalb,
  3. kalb, johann,
  4. kale,
  5. kaleidoscope,
  6. kalemia,
  7. kalemie,
  8. kalendar,
  9. kalends,
  10. kaleva

Also ka·lei·do·scop·i·cal.

Origin of kaleidoscopic

First recorded in 1840–50; kaleidoscope + -ic

SYNONYMS FOR kaleidoscopic
3. changeable, fluctuating, protean, variable.

Related formska·lei·do·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for kaleidoscopically

  • In a year you will be astounded to find them self-arranging, kaleidoscopically, into something symmetrical,—and trying to live.

  • He had disturbed her poise; he had thrown her accepted views of life into an entirely different angle, kaleidoscopically.

    Parrot & Co.|Harold MacGrath

Word Origin and History for kaleidoscopically



1820, from kaleidoscope + -ic. Figurative use by 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper