What does the word kaleidoscope mean?

Usage examples for kaleidoscope

  1. The result was that hostilities continued, and that Talleyrand soon found himself deprived of office, until another turn of the revolutionary kaleidoscope should restore him to his coveted place. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. We were all out of the boats by that time except the unhappy object of our wrath, whose countenance by this time was working into patterns like a kaleidoscope. – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell
  3. Does this kaleidoscope result from the fact that, into the soul of those who claim to paint all the affections and the human heart, chance casts each and every of these same affections in order that by the strength of their imagination they may feel what they depict? – Balzac by Frederick Lawton