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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ The larger the telescope, the more light it can collect, and the higher the magnification which can be employed.
▪ The search proper requires a much larger telescope, away from city lights.
▪ Photographs taken with large telescopes are needed to bring out their vivid colours, and with binoculars they appear white and milky.
▪ All larger telescopes cover far smaller areas.
▪ When astronomers could build a large enough telescope they would see the lunar inhabitants going about their daily lives.
▪ But large telescopes are in great demand and are often booked up months in advance.
▪ New large telescopes may clarify how galaxies form - at present a surprisingly difficult puzzle - and why they cluster.
▪ Armed with powerful telescopes, they're trying to spot a Peregrine Falcon chick, born just two weeks ago.
▪ They were so-named two centuries ago because they resembled planets when viewed through the much less powerful telescopes of the time.
▪ Over subsequent decades several more were discovered, essentially by accident on celestial photographs obtained with powerful telescopes.
▪ The innovation brought only mixed success, and the small telescope has now fallen into disrepair.
▪ The separation is 35 seconds of arc, and in any small telescope the two make a lovely spectacle.
▪ Despite the recent decline in interest, there were several radio telescopes set to receive the signal when it came.
▪ In astronomy the transmitter is usually a radio telescope, and it usually acts also as the detector.
▪ Perversely, doing this will require the biggest and best of radio telescope arrays.
▪ Until then, the space telescope will continue to do what it can.
▪ Four years ago Hubble space telescope scientists tried looking not at light but at dark.
▪ Many scientists wrote off the space telescope as doomed.
▪ Another scientist might have proposed a modification in the optical theory governing the operation of the telescopes used in the investigation.
▪ As with telescopes, the larger the aperture the greater the light-grasp, but there are hazards too.
▪ Far down the inverted telescope he saw the faint white figure of May Welland-in New York.
▪ I looked through the telescope and saw a small boy with a bag over his shoulder.
▪ Inside one of the observatories was the telescope that I knew immediately would make a perfect backdrop for the portrait.
▪ The light blinds and freezes the animal, and the shooter, using a telescope, aims between the eyes.
▪ These telescopes revealed ice caps at both poles of Mars and documented seasonal changes in color and contrast.
▪ Yet, when we acquire a brass telescope, it remains a brass telescope despite inevitable deterioration.
▪ The play's three acts are admirably telescoped into a 2 1/2-hour program.
▪ The steering wheel can be tilted up and down and telescoped in and out.
▪ Acting together, the two groups serve as retractors by telescoping the abdomen.
▪ Below is a revolving stage with a telescoping wall.
▪ Buildings, black as anthracite, were receding or telescoping down, rumbling as they moved, clearing a field for battle.
▪ On and on it goes: Past events are telescoped into those of today.
▪ Tilt and telescoping steering wheels are there for comfort.
▪ Time telescoped strangely - they were in the lane, in the wood, opposite the house.
▪ Two quite different events, occurring some seventy years apart, appear to have been garbled or telescoped in this passage.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Telescoping \Tel"e*scop`ing\ (t[e^]l"[-e]*sk[=o]p`[i^]ng), a. Capable of being extended or compacted, like a telescope, by the sliding of sections or parts one within the other; telescopic; as, telescoping tripod legs; a telescoping table, etc.; -- a term replacing the formerly used telescope.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from Italian telescopio (Galileo, 1611), and Modern Latin telescopium (Kepler, 1613), both from Greek teleskopos "far-seeing," from tele- "far" (see tele-) + -skopos "watcher" (see scope (n.1)). Said to have been coined by Prince Cesi, founder and head of the Roman Academy of the Lincei (Galileo was a member). Used in English in Latin form from 1619.


"to force together one inside the other" (like the sliding tubes of some telescopes), 1867, from telescope (n.). Related: Telescoped; telescoping.


n. 1 A monocular optical instrument possessing magnification for observing distant objects, especially in astronomy. 2 Any instrument used in astronomy for observing distant objects (such as a radio telescope). vb. 1 To extend or contract in the manner of a telescope. 2 To slide or pass one within another, after the manner of the sections of a small telescope or spyglass. 3 To come into collision, as railway cars, in such a manner that one runs into another.


n. a magnifier of images of distant objects [syn: scope]

  1. v. crush together or collapse; "In the accident, the cars telescoped"; "my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack"

  2. make smaller or shorter; "the novel was telescoped into a short play"

Telescope (disambiguation)

A telescope is an instrument designed for the observation of remote objects by the collection of light or other electromagnetic radiation.

Telescope(s) also may refer to:

  • The Telescope, constellation Telescopium
  • Telescope, a type of dolly zoom film/video shot
  • The Telescopes, a British psychedelic band
Telescope (TV series)

Telescope is a Canadian documentary series which aired on CBC Television between 1963 and 1973. The series was hosted by Fletcher Markle, which profiled notable Canadian people from celebrities to the unknown, who made a difference.

Starting in September 1966, Telescope was the first regular colour broadcast in Canada. Its producer was Sam Levene.

In 2008, CBC offered 10 episodes of Telescope on their Digital Archives website. The episodes are from the 1970–71 season, and feature new host Ken Kavanagh. Among those profiled were game show host Monty Hall, publisher Mel Hurtig, journalist Pat Carney, actor John Vernon, author Farley Mowat, amusement park impresario Patty Conklin, and underwater explorer Joe MacInnis. A 1970 episode featured actor Donald Sutherland including early footage of his son Kiefer. Mentalist Uri Geller followed a week later by Ray Hyman and Jerry Andrus who explained and duplicated Geller's "paranormal" feats.


A telescope is an optical instrument that aids in the observation of remote objects by collecting electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light). The first known practical telescopes were invented in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 1600s, by using glass lenses. They found use in both terrestrial applications and astronomy.

Within a few decades, the reflecting telescope was invented, which used mirrors to collect and focus the light. In the 20th century many new types of telescopes were invented, including radio telescopes in the 1930s and infrared telescopes in the 1960s. The word telescope now refers to a wide range of instruments capable of detecting different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, and in some cases other types of detectors.

The word telescope (from the Ancient Greek τῆλε, tele "far" and σκοπεῖν, skopein "to look or see"; τηλεσκόπος, teleskopos "far-seeing") was coined in 1611 by the Greek mathematician Giovanni Demisiani for one of Galileo Galilei's instruments presented at a banquet at the Accademia dei Lincei. In the Starry Messenger, Galileo had used the term perspicillum.

Telescope (album)

Telescope is the twenty-ninth album by the Finnish experimental rock band Circle.

It was recorded live at Cairo in Würzburg, Germany, on 12 June 2003, but not released until 2007.

Telescope (song)

"Telescope" is a song recorded by American actress Hayden Panettiere. The song was written by Hillary Lindsey and Cary Barlowe. It was released to country radio in October 2012 by Big Machine Records. It was the first official single from the album The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1. The album also features a version of the song recorded by sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella. The UK compilation The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection (aka Nashville Deluxe) also includes a version recorded live in Nashville by Panettiere. Panettiere and Lennon Stella recorded a version for the season four episode "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)," released as a digital single.

Telescope (horse)

Telescope (foaled 25 January 2010) is an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. He won one minor race as a two-year-old but was highly regarded by his connections and was considered a leading contender for the following year's Epsom Derby. His three-year-old campaign was severely restricted by injury, but he won two of his three races, including the Great Voltigeur Stakes. At four, he was beaten in his first two races before recording an impressive seven-length win in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. He added a win in the Aston Park Stakes in 2015 before his racing career was ended by injury. Apart from his wins, he finished second in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, third in the International Stakes and fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Usage examples of "telescope".

Rapid rotation can be detected astronomically by spectroscopy, letting light from a distant object pass consecutively through a telescope, a narrow slit and a glass prism or other device which spreads white light out into a rainbow of colors.

Paganel, DISTRAIT as usual, was flung several times before he succeeded in bestriding his good steed, but once in the saddle, his inseparable telescope on his shoulder-belt, he held on well enough, keeping his feet fast in the stirrups, and trusting entirely to the sagacity of his beast.

Through the telescope Ryder saw Osman rise in the stirrups and brandish his broadsword.

All the young Marghe had had of her parents for the next two years were three battered books that lit up with their names on the fronts and their holos on the back when she thumbed them on, and a telescope through which she had watched the moon on every clear night.

And even though they would have a ringside seat, the best view would be from the big tracking telescopes in Chile, which could lock on to the meteor while it was still coming in.

When the ritual of obstructionism to obtain the spectra of the BSOs ensued, Margaret Burbridge, a Briton with over fifty years of observational experience, bypassed the regular channels to make the measurement herself using the relatively small 3-meter reflector telescope on Mount Hamilton outside San Jose in California, and confirmed them to be quasars.

Night came, and Passepartout re-entered the native quarter, where he wandered through the streets, lit by vari-coloured lanterns, looking on at the dancers, who were executing skilful steps and boundings, and the astrologers who stood in the open air with their telescopes.

He could see little detail in their structure, and even computer-enhanced photograms through the telescope had detected no sign of anything that resembled a sense organ.

It was, perhaps predictably, like seeing the past life of the Earth through the wrong end of a telescope.

I gave that man some spiritual advice and disposed of him, and then paid the telescope man his full fee, and said that we were charmed with the trip and would remain down, and not reascend and require him to fetch us down by telescope.

The largest instruments of this type are the 36-inch Lick telescope and the 40-inch refractor of the Yerkes Observatory.

He saved up his pocket money and with some help from his father he managed to buy himself a second-hand telescope, a three-inch refractor which was hardly better than a pair of powerful binoculars, but it was a start all the same.

Well, I treat my casings and slugs, darling, he said to her silently as the reticles of the telescope picked out a pretty target on her neck.

Hurriedly Jim snatched up the telescope and stared at the macabre figure.

He snatched up his telescope from its bucket beside the binnacle and strode to the side.