zoopraxiscope

[ zoh-uh-prak-suh-skohp ]
/ ˌzoʊ əˈpræk səˌskoʊp /

noun Movies.

an early type of motion-picture projector, designed by Eadweard Muybridge, in which the images were drawings or photographs placed along the rim of a circular glass plate, the shutter was a rotating opaque disk with radial slots, and a limelight source was used.

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Origin of zoopraxiscope

zoo- + praxi- as combining form of Greek práxis action, praxis + -scope; term introduced by Muybridge about 1881, replacing his own earlier term zoogyriscope
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Example sentences from the Web for zoopraxiscope

  • The effects of the Zoopraxiscope made up one of the most unique and instructive entertainments imaginable.

    Descriptive Zoopraxography|Eadweard Muybridge