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1telescope

noun, tele·scope often attributive \ˈte-lə-ˌskōp\

: 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
:  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
:  any of various tubular magnifying optical instruments

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

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, retrograde, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith

2telescope

verb

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

: to make (something) shorter in length or time

telescopedtelescop·ing

Full Definition of TELESCOPE

intransitive verb
1
:  to become forced together lengthwise with one part entering another as the result of collision
2
:  to slide or pass one within another like the cylindrical sections of a collapsible hand telescope
3
:  to become compressed or condensed
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to telescope

Examples of TELESCOPE

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

First Known Use of TELESCOPE

1867

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