telescope (plural telescopes)
- A monocular optical instrument that magnifies distant objects, especially in astronomy.
- Any instrument used in astronomy for observing distant objects (such as a radio telescope).
- French: lunette (refracting telescope), télescope (reflecting telescope)
- German: Teleskop, Fernrohr
- Italian: telescopio, cannocchiale
- Portuguese: telescópio
- Russian: телеско́п
- Spanish: telescopio
telescope (telescopes, present participle telescoping; past and past participle telescoped)
- (ambitransitive) To extend or contract in the manner of a telescope.
- (ambitransitive) To slide or pass one within another, after the manner of the sections of a small telescope or spyglass.
- (intransitive) To come into collision, as railway cars, in such a manner that one runs into another.