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Definitions for telescope
ˈtɛl əˌskoʊptele·scope

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. telescope, scopeverb

    a magnifier of images of distant objects

  2. telescopeverb

    crush together or collapse

    "In the accident, the cars telescoped"; "my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack"

  3. telescopeverb

    make smaller or shorter

    "the novel was telescoped into a short play"


  1. telescopenoun

    A monocular optical instrument possessing magnification for observing distant objects, especially in astronomy.

  2. telescopenoun

    Any instrument used in astronomy for observing distant objects (such as a radio telescope).

  3. telescopeverb

    To extend or contract in the manner of a telescope.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TELESCOPEnoun

    A long glass by which distant objects are viewed.

    Etymology: telescope, Fr. τέλος and σϰοπέω.

    The telescope discovers to us distant wonders in the heavens, and shews the milky way, and the bright cloudy spots, in a very dark sky, to be a collection of little stars. Isaac Watts.


  1. Telescope

    Telescope is a song recorded by American actress Hayden Panettiere. The song was written by Hillary Lindsey and Cary Barlowe. It was released to country radio in October 2012 by Big Machine Records. It was the first official single from the album The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1. The album also features a version of the song recorded by sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella. The UK compilation The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection (aka Nashville Deluxe) also includes a version recorded live in Nashville by Panettiere. Panettiere and Lennon Stella recorded a version for the season four episode "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)," released as a digital single.


  1. telescope

    A telescope is an optical instrument designed to observe distant objects by collecting and magnifying light, typically through the use of lenses or mirrors. It is used in astronomy to observe stars, planets, galaxies, and other celestial bodies. Some specialized telescopes can also detect invisible forms of light, such as radio waves and X-rays, to provide valuable information about the universe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Telescopenoun

    an optical instrument used in viewing distant objects, as the heavenly bodies

  2. Telescopeadjective

    to slide or pass one within another, after the manner of the sections of a small telescope or spyglass; to come into collision, as railway cars, in such a manner that one runs into another

  3. Telescopeverb

    to cause to come into collision, so as to telescope


  1. Telescope

    A telescope is an instrument that aids in the observation of remote objects by collecting electromagnetic radiation. The first known practical telescopes were invented in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 17th century, using glass lenses. They found use in terrestrial applications and astronomy. Within a few decades, the reflecting telescope was invented, which used mirrors. In the 20th century many new types of telescopes were invented, including radio telescopes in the 1930s and infrared telescopes in the 1960s. The word telescope now refers to a wide range of instruments detecting different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, and in some cases other types of detectors. The word "telescope" was coined in 1611 by the Greek mathematician Giovanni Demisiani for one of Galileo Galilei's instruments presented at a banquet at the Accademia dei Lincei. In the Starry Messenger Galileo had used the term "perspicillum".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Telescope

    tel′e-skōp, n. an optical instrument for viewing objects at a distance.—v.t. to drive together so that one thing, as a railway-carriage in a collision, slides into another like the movable joints of a spyglass.—v.i. to be forced into each other in such a way.—adjs. Telescop′ic, -al, pertaining to, performed by, or like a telescope: seen only by a telescope.—adv. Telescop′ically.—adj. Tel′escopiform.—ns. Tel′escopist, one who uses the telescope; Tel′escopy (or tē-les′-), the art of constructing or of using the telescope. [Fr.,—Gr. tēle, at a distance, skopein, to see.]

Editors Contribution

  1. telescope

    A type of instrument.

    The children love the telescope and use it to view the stars as often as possible.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of telescope in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of telescope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of telescope in a Sentence

  1. Josh Billings:

    Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.

  2. Eleonora Troja:

    The 2016 event was very exciting at first. It was nearby and visible with every major telescope, including Very Large Telescope. But it didn't match our predictions -- we expected to see the infrared emission become brighter and brighter over several weeks.

  3. J. Gustav White:

    One can search the brain with a microscope and not find the mind, and can search the stars with a telescope and not find God.

  4. Dr. Seuss:

    I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

  5. George Santayana:

    Whoever it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the brain with a microscope.

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