from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A form of machine for exhibiting animated pictures.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus, based on the principle of the zoëtrope, for projecting a great number of pictures of the same object in rapid succession upon a screen, thus producing the appearance of motion. Cinematograph, electroscope, kinographoscope, and veriscope are names applied to various machines essentially like the vitascope.
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The vitascope is the principal name now in use for moving picture machines.
-- Numerous instruments have been devised to determine the rate of vibration of different materials and structures, the most important being the _vitascope_, which has a revolvable cylinder, blackened with soot, and this being rotated at a certain speed, the stylus, which is attached to the vibrating body, in contact with the cylinder, will show the number per second, as well as the particular character of each oscillation.
Of other moving pictures machines we have had the vitascope, vitagraph, magniscope, mutoscope, panoramagraph, theatograph and scores of others all derived from the two Greek roots _grapho_ I write and _scopeo_ I view.
I'll invent the graphophone, the kodak, the vitascope, an 'Milliken's cough syrup an' a lot of other big modern inventions.
Tibetans first called the cinema beskop, from "bioscope" one of the early terms for movies (as kinema, vitascope, etc.) and now apparently used only by South Africans, Nepalese and Tibetans.
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