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1. telescope  (noun) 
a magnifier of images of distant objects

  Also known as: scope


  More Specific:
astronomical telescope - any telescope designed to collect and record electromagnetic radiation from cosmic sources
collimator - a small telescope attached to a large telescope to use in setting the line of the larger one
solar telescope - a telescope designed to make observations of the sun
transit instrument - a telescope mounted on an axis running east and west and used to time the transit of a celestial body across the meridian


  More Generic:
    magnifier


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



  More Generic:
    digest     condense     concentrate


3. telescope  (verb) 
crush together or collapse; "In the accident, the cars telescoped"; "my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack"



  More Generic:
    squash     crush     squelch     mash     squeeze


 

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