Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mechanical device consisting of a rotating drum ringed with narrow apertures through which an animated image is viewed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An optical instrument which exhibits pictures as if alive and in action, depending, like the thaumatrope, the phenakistoscope, etc., on the persistence of vision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek zōē, life + -tropos, turning; see –tropous.]

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Formed irregularly from Greek ζωή ‘life’ + -τροπος ‘turning’.

Examples

  • Then I took a small wheel, about the size of an oyster-barrel -- the monks had dozens of them -- and pasted the photographs inside in successive order, like what is called a zoetrope, or wheel of life.

    Hilda Wade, a Woman with Tenacity of Purpose

  • The zoetrope was the centerpiece of the show, sitting in the middle of a white cyc with its projection against the opposite wall.

    scaryideas

  • A three-dimensional version of the zoetrope, a spinning optical toy that exploits the phenomenon of persistence of vision, it summons a tainted Victorian paradise in which cherubic fairies beat at fish and nests beneath frantically flapping birds and butterflies.

    A Small World After All

  • The camera zooms in on a book of sheets that each particpant holds, and each scene repeats a couple of times as a zoetrope would before the page turns and a new sequence begins.

    Leftfield and Looping « Squares of Wheat

  • Kiss Chase Kate, they sold her pints on the promise of a peek, a snatch, a snapshot carved into a keyhole, a freezeframe of the zoetrope, and though she thought she'd left that all behind, behind the bikeshed, she obliged;

    Day 13: Bikesheds

  • At other times his multiple images hint at the fascinating visual flicker of early zoetrope animations.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • The camera zooms in on a book of sheets that each particpant holds, and each scene repeats a couple of times as a zoetrope would before the page turns and a new sequence begins.

    January « 2009 « Squares of Wheat

  • At other times his multiple images hint at the fascinating visual flicker of early zoetrope animations.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • Magic is a running thread throughout, from storytellers in travelling canoes and a door that leads to strange adventures, to a Snow Man and a massive zoetrope and the Ladies Of The Light, dancing high up in the trees.

    This week's new events

  • A three-dimensional version of the zoetrope, a spinning optical toy that exploits the phenomenon of persistence of vision, it summons a tainted Victorian paradise in which cherubic fairies beat at fish and nests beneath frantically flapping birds and butterflies.

    A Small World After All

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  • mechanical toy offering visual illusion: a mechanical toy consisting of a slotted drum that, when whirled, makes objects within the drum give the illusion of continuous motion

    mid-19th century. Greek z�?ē "life" + tropē "turn"

    January 18, 2009