A Word A Day : Kaleidoscope

Friday, 28th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : ka-li-de-skop

1. A tube-shaped optical instrument that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs by means of mirrors reflecting the constantly changing patterns made by bits of colored glass at one end of the tube

2. A constantly changing set of colors

3. A series of changing phases or events

4. An optical toy in a tube


Greek kalos, beautiful + eidos, form; weid- in Indo-European roots + -scope


Complex Pattern, Phantasmagoria, Display, Mixture, Medley, Changing Scene, Series, Web, Set, Chain Reaction, Domino Effect, Chain Of Events


Monochromatic Pattern

Contextual Examples:

• It was marvellous, a feast for the eyes, this complication of coloured tints, a perfect kaleidoscope of green, yellow, orange, violet, indigo, and blue.

• Your presentation is nothing but a kaleidoscope of illusions.

Related Words:

1. Kaleidoscopic : Adverb

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