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Definitions of telescope

  1. a magnifier of images of distant objects
  2. crush together, as of cars in a collision
  3. make smaller or shorter; " the novel was telescoped into a short play"
  4. crush together or collapse; " In the accident, the cars telescoped"; " my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack"
  5. 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.
  6. An optical instrument used in viewing distant objects, as the heavenly bodies.
  7. 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.
  8. To cause to come into collision, so as to telescope.
  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. To force a way endwise one within another, as cars in a railway collision.
  11. An optical instrument for viewing objects at a distance.
  12. Optical instrument for viewing objects at a distance.
  13. Telescopic.
  14. To drive together, one within another, like the sections of a small telescope.
  15. An optical instrument for enlarging the image of a distant object, as a star.
  16. An optical instrument for viewing distant objects.
  17. 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.

Usage examples for telescope

  1. The general could stay behind out of range, as he does to- day, and direct the whole thing with an electric battery and a telescope. – Captain Jinks, Hero by Ernest Crosby
  2. She thought instead of sleeping, for several nights, and began to wear the expression on her face which I have in motor cars when I think we are going to telescope with something twice our size, and am trying to prepare for eternity with a pleasant smile on my lips. – Lady-Betty-Across-the-Water by Lowell, Orson
  3. Then, with Goethe and Scott, came the Romantic Revival; and these men showed us the Middle Ages peopled with living creatures- beasts of prey, indeed, in very many cases, but always bright and swift and attractive, as wild beasts are in comparison with the commonplace stock of our fields and farmyards- bright in themselves, and heightened in colour by the artificial brilliancy which perspective gives to all that we see through the wrong end of a telescope. – Chaucer and His England by G. G. Coulton
  4. But the look with which he received them, and the pause that followed, undoubtedly impressed her, and prepared the way for the interest she manifested when, upon looking through the telescope the next day, she saw him flying in that extraordinary way from his aunt's cottage toward the woods. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  5. He no longer saw her sitting there by the telescope, calm, gracious, and beautiful. – The World Peril of 1910 by George Griffith
  6. By the help of his telescope he was able to observe all the kings and queens, princes and princesses, gentlemen and ladies, living on the earth. – Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen by Alexander Chodsko
  7. Miss Wycliffe is going to bring up a party to- night to use the telescope, but it's early yet. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins
  8. I was down the hill, right in the track of the fire, and I couldn't get back to the cabin at all, and- ah- this gentleman saw me through the telescope and ran down there and got me out of it. – The Lookout Man by B. M. Bower
  9. His companions, however, without denying that he had good grounds for his assertion on this subject or questioning the general accuracy of his observations, content themselves with saying that the reason why they had failed to discover the wonderful city, was that Ardan's telescope was of a strange and peculiar construction. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  10. He has a very powerful telescope in the tower of the castle, with which he can view every portion of the surrounding region. – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  11. " I'm convinced it is a boat," continued Will, as he stood beside the now smouldering fire, while the captain gazed long and earnestly through his telescope at the object on the sea. – Sunk at Sea by R.M. Ballantyne
  12. There is a vessel off the point which requires examination, and I have come for the telescope. – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  13. With great difficulty his chest was moved to the inn and put in the small room which he had taken, and there he had remained ever since, paying his bill every night and spending all day at the window, watching with his telescope the ships that went by. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang
  14. Then he lowered his telescope, and turned to Langdon. – The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
  15. Sergeant Madden rumbled and swung the telescope below. – A Matter of Importance by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  16. For example: 'Galileo greatly improved the telescope. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  17. For under the plane there was no world at all, save through the telescope. – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  18. Being thus comforted and somewhat strengthened, my guide advised me to take up my telescope again and take another look across the river. – Memoirs of Mrs. Rebecca Steward by T. G. Steward
  19. As he was taking the telescope down from its rack in the pilot house, Mr. Petrofsky saw him. – Tom Swift and his Air Glider or, Seeking the Platinum Treasure by Victor Appleton
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