[ki-nee-tuh-skohp, -net-uh-, kahy-]


an early motion-picture device, invented by Edison, in which the film passed behind a peephole for viewing by a single viewer.

Origin of kinetoscope

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; kineto- + -scope
Related formski·ne·to·scop·ic [ki-nee-tuh-skop-ik, -net-uh-, kahy-] /kɪˌni təˈskɒp ɪk, -ˌnɛt ə-, kaɪ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kinetoscope

Historical Examples of kinetoscope

  • They are often cheap and degrading, though the kinetoscope can be made valuable for education.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • I peeped through a kinetoscope last winter at a prize fight.

  • The phonograph is his achievement, and the practical development of the kinetoscope.

    Historic Inventions

    Rupert S. Holland

  • It was to him, with his splendid power of vision, like gazing into a kinetoscope.

    Martin Eden

    Jack London

  • I had come across the Futuroscope, otherwise a kinetoscope with the gift of prophecy.

    Olympian Nights

    John Kendrick Bangs