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Definition of Telescope


  1. Capable of being extended or compacted, like a telescope, by the sliding of joints or parts one within the other; telescopic; as, a telescope bag; telescope table, etc.
  2. An optical instrument used in viewing distant objects, as the heavenly bodies.
  3. To slide or pass one within another, after the manner of the sections of a small telescope or spyglass; to come into collision, as railway cars, in such a manner that one runs into another.
  4. To cause to come into collision, so as to telescope.

Telescope Quotations

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
Henry Ward Beecher

The reason we have the stars twinkle at night is because the light is being kind of blurred by the atmosphere around the Earth. That is why the Hubble Space Telescope is so good, because it is above the atmosphere. So it is kind of like looking at the sun from the bottom of a swimming pool, versus looking at the sun above the swimming pool.
Michael J. Massimino

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
Josh Billings

Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.
Henry David Thoreau
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Telescope Translations

telescope in Dutch is sterrenkijker, telescoop, verrekijker
telescope in German is Fernrohr, Fernrohr, Fernrohrs
telescope in Italian is telescopio
telescope in Swedish is teleskop, kikare
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