Zoetrope


Zoetrope
Zoetrope o"e*trope, n. [Gr. ? life + ? turning, from ? to turn.] An optical toy, in which figures made to revolve on the inside of a cylinder, and viewed through slits in its circumference, appear like a single figure passing through a series of natural motions as if animated or mechanically moved. [1913 Webster]

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  • zoetrope — (n.) 1867, lit. wheel of life, from Gk. zoe life (see ZOO (Cf. zoo)) + trope turn (see TROPE (Cf. trope)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Zoetrope — A zoetrope is a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures.It consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides. Beneath the slits on the inner surface of the cylinder is a band which has… …   Wikipedia

  • zoetrope — noun /ˈzəʊɪtrəʊp/ An optical toy, in which figures made to revolve on the inside of a cylinder, and viewed through slits in its circumference, appear like a single figure passing through a series of natural motions as if animated or mechanically… …   Wiktionary

  • zoetrope —    An optical device comprised of a vertical cylinder that can spin around a pivot. Looking through slits in the outside of the cylinder gives an impression of movement to drawings placed on the inside of the cylinder. It was invented in 1834 by… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • zoetrope — /zoh ee trohp /, n. a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image. [1865 70; irreg. < Gk zoé life + tropé… …   Universalium

  • zoetrope —  Nineteenth century optical toy …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • zoetrope — n. device for creating the illusion of motion, wheel which spins and shows various pictures which together simulate motion …   English contemporary dictionary

  • zoetrope — [ zəʊɪtrəʊp] noun a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inner surface that, when viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, give an impression of continuous motion. Origin C19: formed irregularly from Gk zōē life + tropos turning …   English new terms dictionary

  • zoetrope — zo·e·trope …   English syllables

  • zoetrope — /ˈzoʊitroʊp/ (say zoheetrohp) noun an optical device consisting of a drum with a sequence of pictures on the inside and slits through which the viewer looks. When the drum is spun an illusion of a single moving picture is obtained; wheel of life …   Australian English dictionary


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