Adjective "telescope" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An optical instrument designed to make distant objects appear nearer, containing an arrangement of lenses, or of curved mirrors and lenses, by which rays of light are collected and focused and the resulting image magnified.
  1. 'Spectrographs are devices used by astronomers to break up the light collected by a telescope into its various colors, or wavelengths.'
  2. 'Given that most asteroids appear merely as pinpricks of light in our telescopes, how can we fathom their dimensions?'
  3. 'Using his experimental abilities, he ground lenses and assembled a telescope.'
  4. 'Italian mathematician and astronomer Galileo Galilei used the first optical telescope, a refractor, in 1610.'
  5. 'Other stations showed images from the few optical telescopes in Earth orbit.'
  6. 'Today's largest optical telescopes now have collecting apertures that are 10 m in diameter - some 500 times that of Galileo's first effort.'
  7. 'He overcame this by designing a telescope based on a mirror.'
  8. 'His current work uses lasers to help combine images from distant telescopes.'
  9. 'Now we have evidence from observations, images, with large telescopes and the Hubble space telescope that show bright and dark regions on Titan's surface.'
  10. 'In recent years he has focused on astronomy, using lasers to help combine images from distant telescopes, effectively creating a huge virtual lens.'
  11. 'The two telescopes monitored frequencies outside the range of mobile phones and satellite television so would pick up least interference.'
  12. 'Once they are all in place, they will form the largest radio telescope on Earth.'
  13. 'A new space telescope might provide the answer.'


(with reference to an object made of concentric tubular parts) slide or cause to slide into itself, so that it becomes smaller.
  1. with object 'the sliding carriage escapes were telescoped into a shorter length'
  2. 'They are produced in sections that can be telescoped for portability.'
  3. 'The chairs telescope into each other so that large numbers can be transported with ease.'
  4. 'The doubler plate is very securely riveted to the boiler barrel but close inspection shows that water has been leaking for some time and has cause serious external corrosion of the outer surface of the barrel - particularly where the two barrel sections telescope into each other.'
  5. 'The telescoping ladder is now available in boats made by eight other builders.'
  6. 'he drove right into another car—telescoped it'
  7. 'He remounted his motorcycle and paused momentarily to look down into the dried bed of the klong at the smoking telescoped vehicle there, as the hospital staff swarmed all over it.'
  8. 'An engine had telescoped two cars, and the second car had telescoped the car in front of it.'
  9. 'But their timescales, given to telescoping when they make demands of others, have always been elastic with regard to requirements of themselves.'
  10. 'Furthermore, I feel it is perfectly legitimate, in the interests of creating a good drama, to telescope events or create symbolic scenes.'
  11. 'Their budding relationship and accumulating discoveries, crudely telescoped in this screenplay, unfold in laborious parallel with the flashback 19 th-century affair.'

More definitions

1. an optical instrument for making distant objects appear larger and therefore nearer. One of the two principal forms (refracting telescope) consists essentially of an objective lens set into one end of a tube and an adjustable eyepiece or combination of lenses set into the other end of a tube that slides into the first and through which the enlarged object is viewed directly; the other form (reflecting telescope) has a concave mirror that gathers light from the object and focuses it into

More examples(as adjective)

"views can be telescope."


Mid 17th century: from Italian telescopio or modern Latin telescopium, from tele- ‘at a distance’ + -scopium (see -scope).