kaleidoscope: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ku-lī'du-skōp"), [key]
— n.
  1. an optical instrument in which bits of glass, held loosely at the end of a rotating tube, are shown in continually changing symmetrical forms by reflection in two or more mirrors set at angles to each other.
  2. a continually changing pattern of shapes and colors.
  3. a continually shifting pattern, scene, or the like: The 1920s were a kaleidoscope of fads and fashions.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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