Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An optical apparatus dependent for its effects upon the persistence of retinal impressions. It consists of a cylinder or disk upon which is depicted a series of images representing periodic phases of the same picture. When the disk or cylinder is rapidly revolved, the image of one phase persists while the image of the next falls upon the retina; so that the object seems to go through a series of movements.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Opt.) An optical instrument or toy for showing the persistence of an impression upon the eyes after the luminous object is withdrawn.
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“On the principle that the exquisite should be within everyone ' s reach, Ms. Jenkins provides recipes for old-fashioned Florentine gelato and truffes à la serviette, as well as instructions on how to assemble a Victorian optical-illusion toy called a thaumatrope.”
“Mom made you robot thaumatrope invitations for your birthday party and robot buttons as gifts for everyone who came.”
“The friends of the zoötrope surely knew another little plaything, the thaumatrope.”
“The square, he said, went round him like a thaumatrope; he saw the Alhambra leap into the air like a balloon; and reeled against the railing.”
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“15: 43 My first microstory up on @thaumatrope -- more to come.”
“12: 38 Latest microstory is up @thaumatrope -- hope some of you are amused.”
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