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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Kinetoscope a device invented by Edison that gave an impression of movement as an endless loop of film moved continuously over a light source with a rapid shutter; precursor of the modern motion picture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n kinetoscope An instrument for producing curves by the combination of circular movements; -- called also kinescope.
    • n Kinetoscope An obsolete form of moving picture viewer, in which a film carrying successive instantaneous views of a moving scene travels uniformly through the field of a magnifying glass. The observer sees each picture, momentarily, through a slit in a revolving disk, and these glimpses, blended by persistence of vision, give the impression of continuous motion. It has been superseded by more recent versions of movie projector and electronic video viewers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kinetoscope A kind of movable panorama.
    • n kinetoscope An instrument for illustrating the results of combinations of arcs of different radii in making curves. Also called kinescope.
    • n kinetoscope An apparatus invented by Edison for exhibiting photographic pictures of objects in motion. Its essential parts are a ribbon containing the pictures, a mechanical device for causing the pictures to pass rapidly in succession under a lens or sight-piece, a lamp for illuminating the pictures, and a mechanical device for causing a circular revolving screen to move rapidly before them. A slot is cut in this screen, and its revolutions are so timed that the slot passes before each picture just as it is in line with the eyepiece. The effect is to give a view of each picture in succession, and to cut off the view as the picture is moved forward. The apparent result to the eye is a continuous picture in which the objects photographed appear to be in motion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kinetoscope an instrument for illustrating the production of kinematic curves by the combination of circular movements of different radii
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kinhto`s movable + -scope,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kinētikoskinein, to move.


In literature:

The kinetoscope fairly took their breaths away.
"McTeague" by Frank Norris
It was to him, with his splendid power of vision, like gazing into a kinetoscope.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
He sent for a kinetoscope and did so.
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
It takes this new invention, the kinetoscope, to bring us these panoramic drama-elements.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
It was really a perfect kinetoscopic instrument.
"The Photoplay" by Hugo Münsterberg
It was all a quick, pulsating scene, as one views something in a kinetoscope, and then it was lost as the waters rose between them.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
Swiftly, with a click like that of the mechanism in a kinetoscope, the scene changed.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
The houses on either side shot past like pictures in the kinetoscope.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin
They are often cheap and degrading, though the kinetoscope can be made valuable for education.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
It is not a vision neither is there a mere kinetoscope procession.
"Conversion of a High Priest into a Christian Worker" by Meletios Golden
I peeped through a kinetoscope last winter at a prize fight.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
The action raced like an overtimed kinetoscopic film.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
It is too bad the kinetoscope, cinematograph, or some other moving-picture machine had not been invented.
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
The figures moved about, as in a kinetoscope.
"The Spell" by William Dana Orcutt
The next apparatus to be specially mentioned is Edison's Kinetoscope, which he first exhibited in England in 1894.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams
Kinetoscope, and Moving Pictures.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

In news:

The Holland Brothers, Andrew and George, opened the first kinetoscope parlor in April of 1894, in a storefront at 1155 Broadway in New York City.
1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector (More info).