Meaning of TELESCOPE in English


I. tel ‧ e ‧ scope 1 /ˈteləskəʊp, ˈtelɪskəʊp $ -skoʊp/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Modern Latin ; Origin: telescopium , from Greek teleskopos 'seeing a long way' , from tele- ( ⇨ ↑ tele- ) + skopos 'watcher' ]

a piece of equipment shaped like a tube, used for making distant objects look larger and closer

through a telescope

Details on the moon’s surface can only be seen through a telescope.

⇨ ↑ radio telescope

II. telescope 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [transitive] to make a process or set of events happen in a shorter time

be telescoped into something

The whole legal process was telescoped into a few weeks.

2 . [intransitive] if something telescopes, the parts of it press together or slide over each other, and it becomes smaller:

The front of the car telescoped when it hit the wall.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.