phantasmagoria definition

  • noun:
    • an excellent sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as present in goals or fever.
    • A constantly switching scene consists of numerous elements.
    • Fantastic imagery as represented in art.
    • a favorite 18th- and 19th-century form of theatre entertainment wherein ghostly apparitions are created; a magic lantern.
    • a number of occasions concerning quick changes in light intensity and colour.
    • A dreamlike condition in which genuine and imagined elements are blurred collectively.
    • An optical effect generated by a magic lantern. The figures tend to be painted in transparent colors, and all sorts of other glass is opaque black. The display is involving the spectators in addition to tool, and the figures in many cases are meant to appear such as motion, or even merge into each other.
    • The equipment by which such an effect is created.
    • Fig.: A medley of figures; illusive photos.
    • an incredible show or medley of illusive or terrifying figures or photos.
    • Specifically
    • An exhibition of pictures or photographs because of the agency of light and shadow, as by the miracle lantern and/or stereopticon; specifically, such an exhibition so organized by a mixture of two lanterns or lenses that each and every view dissolves or merges gradually in to the after that.
    • The equipment by way of which such an exhibition is produced; a magic lantern or a stereopticon.
    • a constantly changing medley of real or envisioned photos (as with a dream)

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