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telescope

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noun tele·scope \ˈte-lə-ˌskōp\

Simple Definition of telescope

  • : a device shaped like a long tube that you look through in order to see things that are far away

Full Definition of telescope

  1. 1 :  a usually tubular optical instrument for viewing distant objects by means of the refraction of light rays through a lens or the reflection of light rays by a concave mirror — compare reflector, refractor

  2. 2 :  any of various tubular magnifying optical instruments

  3. 3 :  radio telescope

Examples of telescope

  1. The rings of Saturn can be seen through a telescope.



Origin of telescope

New Latin telescopium, from Greek tēleskopos farseeing, from tēle- tele- + skopos watcher; akin to Greek skopein to look — more at spy


First Known Use: 1648


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telescope

verb tele·scope

Simple Definition of telescope

  • : to become shorter by having one section slide inside another somewhat larger section

  • : to make (something) shorter in length or time

Full Definition of telescope

telescopedtelescop·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become forced together lengthwise with one part entering another as the result of collision

  3. 2 :  to slide or pass one within another like the cylindrical sections of a collapsible hand telescope

  4. 3 :  to become compressed or condensed

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to telescope

  7. 2 :  compress, condense

Examples of telescope

  1. <for dramatic purposes, the film telescopes the years over which the events occurred into a few short months>



1867

First Known Use of telescope

1867



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