from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A constantly changing set of colors.
- n. A series of changing phases or events: a kaleidoscope of illusions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tube of mirrors containing loose coloured beads etc. that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs
- n. A constantly changing set of colours, or other things
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument invented by Sir David Brewster, which contains loose fragments of colored glass, etc., and reflecting surfaces so arranged that changes of position exhibit its contents in an endless variety of beautiful colors and symmetrical forms. It has been much employed in arts of design.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An optical instrument creating and exhibiting, by reflection, a variety of beautiful colors and symmetrical forms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
- n. an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
When in motion, a kaleidoscope is produced which would make a peacock envious.
So far today we have examined the economic kaleidoscope from a perspective of macroeconomics - that's a buzzword favoured by economists looking at the big picture.
It was displayed in kaleidoscope for all the world to see at those Diamond Jubilee celebrations, in which men in varied uniforms gathered from all the far corners of the seven seas to march in procession and do honour to the great Queen Empress.
Verily the French kaleidoscope is very prettily turned!
A self-described "Missoni junkie," Mr. Jones lauded the family for their designs characterized by a "kaleidoscope of bold hues, zigzags, stripes, waves, flames, geometric patchworks and floral jacquards."
Boutrous refers to a "kaleidoscope of claims, defenses, issues, locales, events and individuals" that he will tell the justices simply cannot be folded into a single class-action case.
Somewhere in the kaleidoscope is the observation that, possibly for the first time in its history, The Daily Telegraph carried less news on its front page than The Sun.
Whistler, or a good Japanese print, might be described as a kaleidoscope suddenly arrested and transfixed at the moment of most exquisite relations in the pieces of glass.
Many other pleasing examples could be cited if further turnings of the kaleidoscope were a real need, but this slender discourse is as long now as it should be.
A kaleidoscope is the tool that helps make sense of the mess.