Meaning of TELESCOPE in English


/ ˈtelɪskəʊp; NAmE -skoʊp/ noun , verb

■ noun

a piece of equipment shaped like a tube, containing lenses , that you look through to make objects that are far away appear larger and nearer :

to look at the stars through a telescope

—see also radio telescope

■ verb


[ v , vn ] to become shorter, or make sth shorter, by sliding sections inside one another


[ vn ] telescope sth (into sth) to reduce sth so that it happens in less time :

Three episodes have been telescoped into a single programme.



mid 17th cent.: from Italian telescopio or modern Latin telescopium , from tele- at a distance + -scopium (from Greek skopein look at).

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