Definitions of telescope

  1. To drive together, one within another, like the sections of a small telescope.
  2. To cause to come into collision, so as to telescope.
  3. To force a way endwise one within another, as cars in a railway collision.
  4. make smaller or shorter; " the novel was telescoped into a short play"
  5. crush together or collapse; " In the accident, the cars telescoped"; " my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack"
  6. Telescopic.
  7. a magnifier of images of distant objects
  8. An optical instrument used in viewing distant objects, as the heavenly bodies.
  9. An optical instrument, made of a series of long tubes, provided with lenses: used for magnifying and making visible objects at a distance, especially the moon, stars, etc.; any article made of parts fitting within one another, as do the sections of some telescopes, so that it can be extended in size; as, a kind of extensible valise is called a telescope.
  10. An optical instrument for viewing objects at a distance.
  11. Optical instrument for viewing objects at a distance.
  12. An optical instrument for enlarging the image of a distant object, as a star.
  13. An optical instrument for viewing distant objects.
  14. An instr. employed to assist the naked eye in viewing distant objects, especially the heavenly bodies, which, seen through it, are vastly increased in their dimensions.
  15. Capable of being extended or compacted, like a telescope, by the sliding of joints or parts one within the other; telescopic; as, a telescope bag; telescope table, etc.
  16. 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.
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