The definition of a telescope is an optical instrument that makes far away objects look closer by using a special arrangement of lenses and mirrors.(noun)
An optical instrument you use to look at the stars that makes the stars appear closer is an example of a telescope.
See telescope in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: It telescopio (coined by Galileo, 1611) < ModL telescopium < Gr tēleskopos, seeing from a distance: see tele- & -scope
See telescope in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: New Latin telescopium
Origin: or Italian telescopio
Origin: , both from Greek tēleskopos, far-seeing
Origin: : tēle-, tele-
Origin: + skopos, watcher; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
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