Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An early movie projector.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An early form of movie projector
  • n. A cinema or movie theatre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A view of life; that which gives such a view.
  • n. An animated picture machine for screen projection; a cinematograph (which see); an archaic term replaced by movie projector.
  • n. a South African movie theater.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A view of life, or anything which gives such a view: as, “Bagman's Bioscope: Various Views of Men and Manners” (a book-title).
  • n. 2. A cinematograph or vita-scope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a South African movie theater
  • n. a kind of early movie projector

Etymologies

Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, "bio-, life") + σκοπέω (skopeō, "I look at"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “So this is the kind of bioscope the master wanted me to see!”

    Autobiography of a Yogi

  • "So this is the kind of bioscope the master wanted me to see!"

    Autobiography of a Yogi

  • Tibetans first called the cinema beskop, from "bioscope" one of the early terms for movies (as kinema, vitascope, etc.) and now apparently used only by South Africans, Nepalese and Tibetans.

    Phayul Latest News

  • Where else did an Indian youth in subtropical South Africa learn how to be a gangster but at the bioscope?

    Let The Dead Lie

  • Borrowed words like these were in common use throughout the country, while in Lhasa you could smoke a shik-ray (cigarette), chew gig-chiri (chewing gum), or buy a tikkus (ticket) to the beskop (bioscope, cinema) to watch the movies of Charlie Chumping.

    languagehat.com: HYBRID TIBETAN.

  • These shifting and confused gusts of memory never lasted for more than a few seconds; it often happened that, in my spell of uncertainty as to where I was, I did not distinguish the successive theories of which that uncertainty was composed any more than, when we watch a horse running, we isolate the successive positions of its body as they appear upon a bioscope.

    Swann's Way

  • This tool provides a bioscope to display comprehensive information on natural resources, infrastructure, telecommunications, minerals and energy resources, health services, transport and educational facilities.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Damning television as only a 'little house-bioscope', Dr Hertzog said that the Opposition wanted it introduced only because a group of them and their friends were out to make a profit.

    reich12

  • This means that we should be provided with good diet, proper clothing outfit, bed and mattress, newspapers, radios, bioscope, better contact with our families here and abroad.

    Letter addressed to the Minister of Justice from Robben Island Prison

  • We are compelled to do pick and shovel work, are not allowed newspapers, radios, bioscope; contact visits and even groceries are given grudgingly.

    Letter addressed to the Minister of Justice from Robben Island Prison

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