Variant of telescope
an optical instrument for making distant objects, as the stars, appear nearer and consequently larger: it consists of two or more lenses or mirrors
Origin of telescopeItalian telescopio (coined by Galileo, 1611) ; from Modern Latin telescopium ; from Classical Greek tēleskopos, seeing from a distance: see tele- and amp; -scope
having parts that slide one inside another
intransitive verbtelescoped, telescoping
to slide or be forced one into another like the concentric tubes of a small, collapsible telescope
- to cause to telescope
- to condense; shorten, as by combining parts, compressing, etc.