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Definition of "zoopraxiscope" []

  • An instrument developed by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870's, similar to the phenakistoscope. The instrument involves a disc that includes serial pictures being rotated in front of a light source, projecting them upon a screen, to exhibit the natural movements of animals and the like. (noun)

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Use "zoopraxiscope" in a sentence
  • "He then put a series of these stop-motion images on a disk, span it in a machine he called the zoopraxiscope and from that, people say, invented motion pictures."
  • "He was one of the great photographic thinkers, whose mind reached ahead from still photography towards the inevitable invention of the cinema, which he anticipated by constructing a gadget called a zoopraxiscope that could animate sequences of images to display mules kicking or nymphs dancing."
  • "He also invented a popular device called a zoopraxiscope which allowed him to run the photographs in sequence at high speeds, creating the illusion of a moving image – an early indication of the power of cinema."
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