from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An early animation device consisting of a disc or drum which rotated, showing successive images through slits, often via a mirror, thus producing the illusion of motion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A revolving disk on which figures drawn in different relative attitudes are seen successively, so as to produce the appearance of an object in actual motion, as an animal leaping, etc., in consequence of the persistence of the successive visual impressions of the retina. It is often arranged so that the figures may be projected upon a screen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An optical instrument which produces the representation of actual motion, as in leaping, walking, flying, etc.
From Ancient Greek φενακιστής (phenakistēs, "cheat, imposter") + -scope. (Wiktionary)