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kinetoscope

[ ki-nee-tuh-skohp, -net-uh-, kahy- ]
/ kɪˈni təˌskoʊp, -ˈnɛt ə-, kaɪ- /
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noun

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

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Origin of kinetoscope

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; kineto- + -scope

OTHER WORDS FROM kinetoscope

ki·ne·to·scop·ic [ki-nee-tuh-skop-ik, -net-uh-, kahy-], /kɪˌni təˈskɒp ɪk, -ˌnɛt ə-, kaɪ-/, adjective
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