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kaleidoscopic

[kuh-lahy-duh-skop-ik] /kəˌlaɪ dəˈskɒp ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or created by a kaleidoscope.
2.
changing form, pattern, color, etc., in a manner suggesting a kaleidoscope.
3.
continually shifting from one set of relations to another; rapidly changing:
the kaleidoscopic events of the past year.
Also, kaleidoscopical.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; kaleidoscope + -ic
Related forms
kaleidoscopically, adverb
Synonyms
3. changeable, fluctuating, protean, variable.
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Examples from the web for kaleidoscopic
  • Many panels provided kaleidoscopic views of a topic, with panelists presenting short papers.
  • Deciduous forests create a kaleidoscopic palette of crimsons, saffrons, and ochres.
  • He swings them around in circles, faster and faster, making a kaleidoscopic pattern of light.
  • In fall, marvel at the kaleidoscopic transformation of leaf colors.
  • Below the waves, kaleidoscopic cuttlefish match the blue morpho's electric display.
  • The kaleidoscopic colors are revealed with the help of polarized light.
  • In the earlier work, the kaleidoscopic presentation of story-stuff seemed to be the reason for using the technology.
  • Participants were given a special recognition test in which their memories of kaleidoscopic images were evaluated for accuracy.
  • It's an amusing trip down memory lane, complete with a robotic pimp and cheesy kaleidoscopic freak-out scenes.
  • They require pops with holographs printed on them, pops that turn their spit into kaleidoscopic fizz.
Word Origin and History for kaleidoscopic
adj.

1820, from kaleidoscope + -ic. Figurative use by 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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