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telescope (n.)

1640s, from Italian telescopio (Galileo, 1611), and Modern Latin telescopium (Kepler, 1613), both from Greek teleskopos "far-seeing," from tele- "far" (from PIE root *kwel- (2) "far" in space or time) + -skopos "watcher" (from PIE root *spek- "to observe"). 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.

telescope (v.)

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

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Definitions of telescope from WordNet
1
telescope (v.)
crush together or collapse;
In the accident, the cars telescoped
my hiking sticks telescope and can be put into the backpack
telescope (v.)
make smaller or shorter;
the novel was telescoped into a short play
2
telescope (n.)
a magnifier of images of distant objects;
Synonyms: scope
From wordnet.princeton.edu